AIA honors Hurlbert with 2018 Young Architects Award

Published: Feb 16th, 2018

The American Institute of Architects is honoring AIA South Dakota Vice President Tom Hurlbert, AIA, with a 2018 Young Architects Award.

Hurlbert, co-owner and founder of CO-OP Architecture with offices in Aberdeen, Rapid City and Sioux Falls, will be honored along with 17 other recipients from across the country at the AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City in June.

The 2018 Young Architects Awards celebrate professionals licensed for no more than 10 years who have made significant contributions to the field and acted as leaders early in their careers. The annual program is in its 25th year.

Hurlbert has been a key figure in supporting the growth of South Dakota’s cities. Appointed by the mayor to Sioux Falls’ Main Street Business Improvement District Board, he oversees property assessments to ensure the city’s vibrancy. In 2016 he helped form and now chairs the Downtown Aberdeen Revitalization Team, which raises funds to purchase and rehabilitate ailing properties.

In his role on AIA South Dakota’s advocacy committee, Hurlbert testified before a state senate committee regarding a controversial issue surrounding delivery methods for public projects. As the state licensing advisor, he guides emerging professionals on their path to licensure and presents regularly to the AIAS chapter at the South Dakota State University Department of Architecture.

Beyond architecture, Hurlbert is invested in the idea using the creative arts to celebrating one’s culture. He is co-host of Rock Garden Tour, a long-running radio variety show, and he also acts in community theater productions.