Alumna Receives the AIA 2021 Young Architects Award

APLA alumna Amanda (Herron) Loper (BArch/BIArch ’05), AIA, Leed AP, was recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as one of twenty 2021 Young Architects Award recipients. The AIA Young Architects Award honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers.

Beginning in 2006, Loper joined the San Francisco office of David Baker Architects (DBA) and focused on solving San Francisco’s affordable housing crisis. Currently, as Principal, Amanda leads the southeastern office of DBA in Birmingham, Alabama, which she established in 2016. Loper’s work integrates architecture and urban design, and she adapts solutions to help other cities across the country address their own housing shortages.

A skilled “architect communicator,” Amanda is passionate about advocating for housing, policy, and the urban environment. She is a co-author of the upcoming DBA book, 9 Ways to Make Housing for People, a showcase of proven strategies to support a high standard of living for residents of urban multifamily housing and the communities surrounding them. Since returning to Alabama, Loper is frequently involved with lecturing and instruction at Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art and Design and Auburn University’s College of Architecture Design and Construction.

To learn more about Amanda, David Baker Architects has produced a video describing her journey to Birmingham. View the video here:

To learn more about Amanda’s key projects with David Baker Architects, please visit

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