Dustin Welch, AIA, Receives AIANYS 2020 Young Architect Award

By Passero Associates

The Young Architect Award was presented to Dustin Welch, AIA, at the 2021 AIA New York State Board of Directors meeting. This award was established in 2019 to recognize notable contributions and accomplishments to the architecture profession by a young architect member in New York State who has also demonstrated exceptional leadership.


Dustin has been with Passero Associates for seven years and has made valuable contributions to the firm’s clients and projects. Dustin is always eager to be involved in challenging design, mentoring young architects, and giving back to the profession of Architecture.

Dustin’s achievements and his ongoing commitment to the field of Architecture have earned recognition both within and outside the firm. He was named the “Emerging Architect of the Year” by AIA Rochester and he was a key factor in AIA Rochester’s being awarded the “Emerging Professionals Component” from AIA New York State. He participated in and graduated from the Passero Associates PAL Leadership program and has received many firm Cornerstone awards, which are given to employees for outstanding service to clients and the firm.

Dustin’s exemplary design work and his contributions to client satisfaction and success are essential. His projects have been recognized with numerous awards, including accolades for Historic Preservation, Design Excellence, and as one of “Rochester’s Coolest Spaces.”

Outside of work, Dustin is heavily involved in community and professional endeavors. He is the current Vice President of the ACE Mentorship program, helping guide high schoolers into the profession of architecture. He has worked with architecture students at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has also held several leadership roles within Rochester’s chapter of the AIA.

Dustin is a highly qualified individual that is constantly seeking to be the best possible architect and he is well deserving of this recognition as the AIANYS Young Architect of the Year.

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