Southwest Florida architect wins gold

Fort Myers architect Joyce Owens is the first woman to receive the prestigious Gold Medal from AIA Florida – a chapter of the American Institute of Architects. COURTESY PHOTO

Southwest Florida architect Joyce Owens is the 2022 AIA Florida Gold Medal recipient, recognizing her leadership and impact as an architect.

Ms. Owens said she was extremely honored to receive AIA Florida’s highest honor. She is the first woman to win the state association’s pinnacle award, breaking a long-standing barrier in the male-dominated profession.

She said she hopes the award will encourage other women architects to create and seize opportunities to take the lead through their own work and design.

“When I started my career, I only knew one female architect older than me,” she says. “As more and more women enter the field each year, I want to encourage young women to work hard, but also to take credit for the wealth of talent they bring to an inherently difficult profession.”

The Gold Medal is awarded by a jury of past winners to an individual who has a profound impact on the architectural profession and who has demonstrated outstanding leadership within the AIA, as well as notable achievements in his community.

Ms. Owens was due to receive the 2022 gold medal at an awards ceremony on July 30 at the AIA Florida annual convention at The Breakers in Palm Beach.

In 2020, AIA Florida awarded Ms. Owens its Medal of Honor for Design, design’s highest honor, recognizing her influence on design as one of the state’s most important architects.

Ms. Owen’s recognition for architectural excellence extends beyond Florida.

In 2018, she was inducted into the prestigious

College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects, a distinction held by only 3% of architects nationwide.

From 2019 to 2021, Ms. Owens served on AIA’s National Strategy Council and is currently a member of the organization’s Public Outreach Committee. In 2017, she served as President of AIA Florida.

Joyce Owens Architecture Launch | Studio AJO in Fort Myers in 2007, Ms. Owens quickly established her reputation for environmentally responsible coastal design in Southwest Florida.

By integrating architecture into the design of interior and exterior spaces, she maximizes the coastal living experience for every project, from the 12,000 square foot Community Church Hall at Fort Myers St. Cecilia Catholic Church to modern coastal homes. and distinctive features of Naples, Sanibel Island and Captiva Island.

Ms. Owens also has an extensive portfolio of residential and commercial architecture in London, England, as a founding partner of Azman Owens Architects for over a decade.

As director of an international architectural design studio, her clients included Prime Minister Boris Johnson, fashion icon Alexander McQueen and luxury retailer TAGHeuer and her design work was awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects from the UK and other international competitions.

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