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Willsboro native wins architecture award

PHILADELPHIA - Karen Blanchard, AIA, LEED AP, was named this year's recipient of AIA Philadelphia's 2010 Young Architect Award at the organization's Annual Design Awards ceremony Oct. 13.

Initiated in 1987 by the Philadelphia Chapter of The American Institute of Architects, the award is bestowed upon a young architect "of exceptional achievement for past accomplishment and future promise."

A graduate of Philadelphia University with a bachelor of architecture degree, Blanchard was named associate within two years of joining architectural firm Wallace, Roberts & Todd, having been quickly recognized for her unique design skills and project dedication.

Blanchard has played a leading design role on numerous WRT projects. Her recent notable project work includes the design of the Levitt Pavilion in Bethlehem, Penn., the Germantown Academy Upper and Middle School in Fort Washington, Penn., and the Haverford Township Free Library in Haverford, Penn.

"Karen elevates the design quality of our projects through her thoughtful and collaborative design approach and skillful three-dimensional representations of the team's design ideas," said WRT principal Maarten Pesch, AIA.

Blanchard grew up in Willsboro and graduated at the top of her class at Willsboro Central School in 1993. She is the daughter of Larry and Jocelyne Blanchard of Willsboro.

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