Shelley invited local women in business to discuss challenges, surprises and practical advice. Megan was featured along with Pam Patton and Coleen Davis.
"Not only was she recently named the Michigan Young Architect of the Year by the (AIA), Megan Feenstra Wall is also a very passionate community member. With her involvement in the Children’s Healing Center, Design Week West Michigan, and KCAD's Master of Architecture program, she advises novices to "keep taking risks, especially in this time of your life when failure is less likely to affect anyone but yourself."
Congrats again Megan and all award winners!
See a full list of awards and recipients in this Grand Rapids Business Journal article.
AIA Michigan describes this award: "To recognize proficiency and exceptional accomplishments in, and contributions to the profession by an architect who has been a member of AIAMI for a minimum of three years and is 40 years old or younger."
This state-wide honor is in recognition of Megan's contributions and commitment to AIA Michigan through her service on the Board of Directors for AIA Grand Rapids, her leadership on programs such as West Michigan Design Week, her participation on the Board of Formation for the new Master of …
Q: Do you do landscape design?
A: We don’t choose actual plants but rather focus on the buildings connection to landscape. We are always thinking about the ground plane and how that relates to interior spaces and how the building interacts with the landscape. Once complete it should feel simple and like it was meant to be there.
Q: Let's talk about sustainability.
A: Sustainability is a foundation of our practice. Everything we do has sustainability in mind ranging from energy efficiency to choices about materials and incorporating sustainable systems. We have a strong partner in Green Home Institute who helps with material, research and system options.
They are working on a residential project together and when Matt presented the trophy to Megan he said he has never worked with an architect as good as her. She helps keep the project moving forward responding efficiently and effectively to the client needs and requests.
He emailed later saying, "I meant every word about how the effort from you and MMA is second to none. Keep up the great work.
Thanks Matt - we think you're pretty great too and look forward to many more projects together.