AIA Seattle Announces 2011 Travel Scholarship Winner Print
Thursday, 28 April 2011 07:47

Joe Mayo of Mahlum to study wood construction technology

AIA Seattle, a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, awarded yesterday its Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship to Joe Mayo Assoc. AIA for his proposal, "Timber City."  Mayo will research the environmental and carbon impacts of wood construction, and its use in mid-rise and high-rise buildings in England, Norway, Germany and Austria, using his findings to make recommendations for to better harness the carbon mitigation benefits of wood construction in Washington. 

He will receive $5,000 to complete his proposed travel and research and will present and exhibit his research and findings at AIA Seattle’s gallery in late 2012. To view the winning proposal at AIA Seattle's web site, click here .


Mayo has been a staff member at Mahlum for the past three years.  He specializes in graphics development and digital support, focusing primarily on Mahlum’s student housing projects.  A LEED Accredited Professional, Mayo supports design efforts with daylighting studies, climatic analysis and LEED tracking, as well as research on environmental issues such as passive ventilation and alternative material selection.  He is currently working on the West Campus Housing project, a 4-block mixed-use residential development for the University of Washington. Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon. Before joining Mahlum, Joe was an AmeriCorps Service volunteer working in environmental restoration and also building homes for low-income families.  These issues of socially conscience and environmentally responsible architecture are important to Mayo and inform his professional practice.

Mayo’s honor will be announced at the AIA Seattle Honors Dinner held May 21.


The AIA Seattle Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship expands the experience and opportunities of young professionals, encourages cross-cultural dialogue in the profession, and shares knowledge from architecture practice around the globe with members in Puget Sound.  AIA Seattle Members or Associate Members who have graduated from an accredited architecture program within the last seven years are eligible to apply for the scholarship. It is funded by contributions by Seattle-area Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (FAIAs) and AIA members.  For more information, visit

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 April 2011 07:58