Published: March 9, 2022

CU Boulder alums and 2021 Environmental Design Alumni Award recipients Ann Dang and Adam Harding will address the ENVD class of 2022 during the recognition ceremony on the evening of May 5.

Learn more about this year’s speakers:

Ann DangAnn Dang, Environmental Design 2021 Young Designer Award recipient, received her Environmental Design degree in 2019. During her time at ENVD, she was involved in the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Student American Society of Landscape Architects (SASLA), Designers without Boundaries (DWB) and the Peer Mentorship program. Additionally, she joined the Spatial Justice Design Collective (SJDC) to produce exhibits and creative works tackling race and gender inequities in architecture.

After graduation, Ann worked full time at LOA Architecture and was more involved in SJDC where she became aware of the lack of diversity in architecture. The scarcity of minorities in architecture affirmed her ambition to start her own architecture firm in the future and become an advocate for social equity within the design industry.

Ann received a full-ride Sam Fox Ambassadors fellowship to pursue her master’s degree in architecture at Washington University in St. Louis but has decided to take a break from graduate school to prioritize her mental health and wellbeing. Currently, she is working full time at Arcturis, a multi-disciplinary design firm that is certified as a Women's Business Enterprise. Outside of work, she is a part of the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (J.E.D.I) committee for AIA St. Louis. The J.E.D.I committee provides programming, training, volunteer and community engagement opportunities to increase diversity and equity within the architecture field.

Adam HardingAdam Harding, Environmental Design 2021 Distinguished Alum, is a prolific architect with a reputation for story-driven design. A leader of both his firm and his community, Adam has served his clients, the public and the profession of architecture. His work is transcendent; guiding his clients every step of the way. He creates meaningful design in the residential, commercial, municipal and hospitality market sectors in Colorado and across the country.

Adam joined Roth Sheppard Architects upon graduation from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Environmental Design in 2004 and now, 18 years later, he is a second-generation firm owner. As a Partner and the design visionary of his firm, he has led his firm through a cultural transformation; clearly defining its mission, goals and core values that foster professional development, individual growth and a commitment to design excellence.

Adam and his firm have been recognized with design and honor awards at a local, regional, and national level. In 2021, Adam received a National Young Architect of the Year Award from the American Institute of Architects and Roth Sheppard Architects was named AIA Colorado’s Firm of the Year.