Alumni

2017 Awards for Distinction recipients with the Chancellor and Sam Fox School leaders. Photo by Carol Green.

The strongest testimony to the value of our education is the success of our alumni. From founding HOK—one of the largest architectural firms in the world—to exhibiting work at major museums and galleries throughout the world, to teaching at top colleges and universities, our graduates are making a tremendous impact in a diverse range of fields.

Our recent Awards for Distinction recipients exemplify this level of excellence and breadth of expertise.

- Jared Della Valle, MArch96/MSCM96, is the CEO and founder of Alloy, a real estate developer in New York City. He has been an architect and real estate professional for more than 20 years and has managed the acquisition and predevelopment of more than 2 million square feet in New York City along the Highline, and in Hudson Yards, DUMBO, and downtown Brooklyn. Della Valle is the board chair of the Van Alen Institute, a member of the boards of the Architectural League of New York and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.

- Myra Greene is an artist and educator who engages photography and abstraction as a means of cultural storytelling. In her diverse creative practice, she explores depictions of race, representation, and identity politics. Her work has been featured nationally and internationally in galleries and museums, including the New York Public Library, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Museum of the African Diaspora, and Corvi-Mora Gallery in London. She is the director of the photography program in the Department of Art & Visual Culture at Spelman College.

- Michelle Komie is executive editor for art and architecture at Princeton University Press. Throughout her career, she has worked with leading scholars, artists, and designers to craft books that exemplify the best of art book publishing. Her titles range from authoritative, award-winning scholarly studies and primary materials to catalogues of work by living artists and creative projects designed to educate, inspire, and engage a wide readership. Komie also conceived the Interaction of Color app for iPad, which was released in 2013 by Yale University Press in association with the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. This landmark app digitizes Josef Albers' definitive book on color and features interactive exercises that mimic the experience of working with cut paper in the studio.

- Mike Konzen, MArch86, is chairman and CEO of PGAV, a multidisciplinary planning and design firm with offices in St. Louis and Kansas City. Now in its sixth decade, the firm has a staff of 135 professionals and provides services in three core areas: destinations, architecture, and planning. Since beginning his career at PGAV in 1986, Konzen has followed his passion for travel experiences through consulting services related to tourism, attraction development, master planning, exhibit design, and construction for a wide range of projects around the world. His clients have included UNESCO World Heritage sites, major museums, national parks, theme parks, and resorts.

- Lavar Fredlin Munroe, MFA13, is an interdisciplinary artist whose work encompasses painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation art, creating hybrid forms that straddle the line between sculpture and painting. In 2014, he was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received the Postdoctoral Award of Research Excellence. Munroe has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. His work was featured in the 2015 Venice Biennale in the International Art Exhibition All the World's Futures, curated by the Biennale's director, Okwui Enwezor, and he represented the Bahamas at the 2010 Liverpool Biennial with a site-specific drawing project, and at the 12th Dakar Biennial in Senegal, curated by Simon Njami. He has been awarded residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, MacDowell Colony, and Joan Mitchell Center, as well as a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant.

- Egg Collective is a New York-based design company established in 2011 by three female designers—Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis, and Hillary Petrie, all BA06. Pulling from its founders' backgrounds in architecture, art, and woodworking, the company creates items that are intended to stand the test of time. All of Egg Collective's work is made in its own woodshop and in collaboration with a community of small-scale fabricators. In addition to its commitment to high-quality craftsmanship, Egg Collective's work is united by an underlying attention to detail, surface, and form. The company's sculptural work focuses on the combination of natural materials—wood, leather, stone, metal—with pure, elemental forms.