Published: Dec. 6, 2022

The Program in Environmental Design (ENVD) is proud to celebrate its design community by recognizing individuals who have demonstrated leadership and made significant contributions to the design and architectural professions and their communities.  

This fall, ENVD honored Jordan Locker, AIA, with the 2022 Young Designer Award. Lockner graduated from The University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelor’s in Environmental Design, emphasizing in architecture. He is now the principal architect and owner at Collab Architecture in Windsor, Colorado. During this year's CU Alumni Week, ENVD hosted various events to recognize Lockner’s professional career and personal achievements.

Recognition events kicked off on Tuesday, Oct. 25, as Julia Rodriguez, American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) President, led a tour with Lockner through the Environmental Design building. Following the tour, an award presentation took place during the ENVD Colloquium Lecture Series, where over 100 students, faculty and staff attended, both virtually and in person.

ENVD Director Stacey Schulte opened the recognition event and introduced Lockner, followed by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Education and Teaching Assistant Professor Neal Evers, who presented the Young Designer Award. After receiving the award, Lockner spoke to the audience about his time as an ENVD student, his early design career, and the experience of starting his own architectural firm in northern Colorado. He emphasized Collab Architecture’s commitment to making contributions to their local community as a top priority of his firm. Following the commemoration event, a group of ENVD faculty, staff and students attended a celebratory dinner at Ado’s Kitchen on University Hill with Lockner.

The Young Designer Award recognition events continued on Wednesday, Oct. 26, with an alumni open house and breakfast in the ENVD Lobby. Students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to meet and interact with the new award recipient. Following breakfast, Lockner participated in instructing students for studio desk crits in ENVD Instructor Jeff Shi’s intermediate architecture studio.

As part of the young designer’s recognition and benefits, Lockner has been invited to be the commencement speaker for the ENVD Class of 2023 recognition ceremony. In March, students can also interact with Lockner in preparation for the Career and Internship Fair.