Recognizing the strengths of our younger staff and giving them opportunities to grow has always been a focus at INVISION. Some individuals stand out more than others. Tonia has been one of our stand outs since she joined our firm in 2008.

Tonia began INVISION as an intern and quickly proved herself as someone that our clients could look to for guidance. Her ability to build trust among these clients as well as contractors, vendors, and our internal teams offered her the opportunity to continue to grow into a position on our Strategic Council. Her ability to manage expectations within a team and gain consensus helped the Council to achieve the goals they set forth.

Her passion for life reflects in her ability to manage a work-life balance. In addition to earning her architectural license, Tonia has also dedicated numerous hours to the AIA (American Institute of Architects). She has served on the Iowa Emerging Professionals Committee, Central States Region Emerging Professional Committee, as well as serving on the board for the Central Iowa Section for four years. She is now a part of the executive committee and is anticipated to be the fifth woman to lead the organization when she is elected as the president in 2020.

Tonia’s ability to mentor younger staff and students within the ACE mentor program and Iowa State University and Kansas University stands out as well. This desire to encourage individuals to build a career in architecture builds excitement among the next generation. She is easy to talk to, detailed in her instructions and patient when dealing with frustrations.

Tonia was a member of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute in 2016. She played a strong role in the class project – the creation of a Joppa Outreach prototypical tiny house. This prototype helped to promote awareness of the program as well as assisting with fundraising. She continues to be involved as a volunteer.

With her smile and enthusiasm, Tonia brightens our office daily. With her success and growth, we are pleased to announce her as the recipient of the 2019 AIA Iowa Young Architect Award which is given to individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in the areas of design, education, and / or service in an early stage of their architectural career.