Monday, January 11, 2010

Introducing Heather McKinney, FAIA, 2010 TSA President

Heather McKinney, FAIA, is the founding partner of McKinney York Architects, which she started in Austin in 1983. Both the firm and McKinney have been recognized for design achievements and service to the profession and community. McKinney was an early recipient of the TSA Young Professional Achievement award in Honor of William W. Caudill FAIA and in 2007 McKinney York was recognized with AIA Austin’s Firm Achievement Award for producing distinguished architecture and for outstanding contributions to the community and profession. McKinney received her Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects for design in 2008. Her community work includes long-time tenures on the boards of CASA of Travis County, Texas Fine Arts Association (now known as ArtHouse), the Charles Moore Foundation, and the Munson Foundation.

Raised in Denison, Texas, McKinney attended St. Mary’s Hall in San Antonio, graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Mechanical Engineering, and received her Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

McKinney has served TSA in multiple capacities: sitting on the Publications Committee, chairing the Honors Committee, serving as a director and for three years as a vice-president (Advocacy Commission and Operations Commission). At AIA Austin, McKinney chaired the Design Awards and Homes Tour committees and served in several capacities on the Board including President.

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