Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation has announced six exceptional women in architecture, engineering, construction, and allied fields as honorees that were recognized at their 2022 BEVY Leadership Awards Gala in October. The annual event, which brings together leading women in varied professions from around the nation, focuses on the widely admired mission of Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation to bring attention to the work of contemporary women in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, development, and construction.
Among the applauded honorees for 2022 are engineer Fiona Cousins, for her widespread impact as chair of the Americas for the global engineering and design giant Arup, and architect Elaine Molinar, managing partner of the United States practice for Snøhetta, an acclaimed 100-person interdisciplinary architecture, landscape, and interior design studio with a focus on well-being.
Also honored this year for academic excellence is J. Meejin Yoon, dean of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning and one of the founding partners of the architecture and design firm Höweler and Yoon. For innovation excellence, the award goes to Judy Kessler, a highly accomplished real estate development executive known for leading large-scale building projects as well as supporting housing for low-income and moderate-income residents including the formerly homeless.
Other honorees for this year’s BEVY Leadership Awards include an emerging leader award for Adrienne Hepler, founder of owner’s representative and project management firm Envoie Projects, and mentorship laurels for construction executive Brennan Gilbane Koch of Gilbane Building Company, a company frequently named atop lists of the best places to work.
In addition to the six honorees, the two event co-chairs further the representation of innovative leadership that underpins the spirit of the awards gala. Jennifer Stone, AIA, partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, is an advocate for high-quality design and collaborative problem-solving, with a talent for bringing together the diverse voices of academic, administrative, and community stakeholders to envision and build a shared future. In addition to her standing as a seasoned architect and business leader, Ebbie Wisecarver is senior vice president and head of global design at WeWork, serving as a strong advocate for gender equality as well as the executive sponsor of the company’s employee resource group, Women of WeWork.
Sponsors of the 2022 BEVY Leadership Awards are law firm Zetlin and De Chiara; the engineering firms Thornton Tomasetti and Arup; along with the four architecture firms SHoP, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Dattner Architects, and Skidmore Owings and Merrill; as well as real estate developer and manager Brookfield Properties.