Kansas City, Mo. – Michelle Chavey, AIA, ALEP, partner and educational design director with Kansas City-based Hollis + Miller Architects, has been selected to the Class of 2019 “40 Under 40” by Building Design + Construction—one of only two professionals in the Kansas City area to be named to the national award list.
The honor recognizes the top young leaders of the commercial design and construction industry across the United States who have excelled not only in their chosen work fields but also in their service to their clients, their firms and the community. The magazine was the first publication to recognize buildings are created by teams, not just individuals, and works to “provide essential solutions that inspire Building Teams to design and construct great places for people.”
Chavey is also one of only 251 people in the world to have earned the designation of Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP) by the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE)—a certification that has proven to be extremely valuable to the firm’s expert focus on the education industry.
“We’ve all recognized firsthand the tremendous value Michelle brings to Hollis + Miller, but it’s nice to see the larger industry taking notice,” said Kirk Horner, partner. “This recognition further demonstrates how Michelle’s work allows us to focus on enhancing learning through research and design—to deliver projects with the same personal passion educators bring to the classroom every day.”
Currently pursuing a doctorate in education from Kansas State University, Chavey has worked on more than 200 school projects and recently won the Learning by Design Grand Prize Award for Olathe West High School from BD+C, and the Distinguished Service Award from A4LE.
“This award is truly an honor, and I’m so proud to represent Hollis + Miller and the Kansas City region,” Chavey said. “I’ve always been drawn to educational projects because they give me an opportunity to create a lasting impact through the success of kids and communities. I’m so pleased that BD+C is recognizing the contributions professionals in my field have brought to the industry—and I feel so grateful I’ve had the chance to pursue so many amazing projects through my work at Hollis + Miller.”
In addition to her current role, Chavey also serves as president of the A4LE Kansas City chapter, and volunteers with AIA Kansas City, the Girl Scouts, and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
About Hollis + Miller
Founded in 1950, Hollis + Miller is an integrated architecture firm that designs the future of learning environments, including public, private, K-12 and higher education. Learn more at hollisandmiller.com.