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[[image: sepia-tone line drawing of an oval-shaped medallion with an eagle atop a wreath of laurels in front of a column. Words around the perimeter read, "THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS. 1857]] THE AMERICAN INSTITUE OF ARCHITECTS IS PRIVILEGED TO CONFER THE WHITNEY M. YOUNG JR. AWARD ON NORMAL MERRICK SKLAREK, FAIA A PROFESSIONAL LIFE FILLED WITH CAREER FIRSTS, SHE SHATTERED RACIAL AND GENDER BARRIERS AS AN ACCOMPLISHED AND GENEROUS PROFESSIONAL WHOSE QUIET DETERMINATION IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR THOSE WITH DREAMS AND ASPIRATIONS WHO FOLLOWED THROUGH A SERIES OF PIONEERING EFFORTS SHE ADVANCED NOT ONLY HER CAUSE, BUT THE CAUSE FOR MINORITY INVOLVEMENT IN MAINSTREAM MATTERS OF THE PROFESSION AND THE AIA. A POSITIVE FORCE OF CHANGE, SHE IS TRULY THE "ROSA PARKS OF ARCHITECTURE." MAY 17, 2008 ^[[M Marshall E. Purnell]] MARSHALL E. PURNELL, FAIA PRESIDENT ^[[D R Profitt]] DAVID R. PROFFITT, AIA SECRETARY
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