Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) Senior Planner Jeffrey Anderzhon, FAIA, received his American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fellowship in 2007, joining a select group of AIA Iowa members. Fellowship is a distinction well earned and rarely bestowed; rarer still are Fellows from AIA Iowa members, with just six architects being so named since 2000.
"It's a recognition in honor of the contributions that have been made to the art and science of the Institute, and to architecture in general," Anderzhon says of Fellowship. "It's very satisfying, but it's also a responsibility to contribute to the profession and to continue to hold the same ideals and standards."
Anderzhon has made his greatest impact as a designer of senior living homes. An often overlooked discipline, designing living spaces with senior citizens in mind is something that Anderzhon sees as a positive and meaningful challenge, and one about which he is passionate. "I think it was Mark Twain who said that a society is judged by how they treat their elderly, and we haven't been great at that," he says. "These are environments that can really make a difference in people's lives for the better."
Anderzhon is looking to continue making a positive difference with his work for years to come, but also knows that an equally large responsibility that comes with Fellowship is to act as a steward for those who will follow in his footsteps.
"There are some younger individuals who know they want to work in this area and I feel it's my responsibility to pass on my thought process and my experience to them," he says. "I want to continue to do what I'm doing, making a difference for the elderly. I feel a responsibility to share that with the younger generation, and carry that forward."
Iowa Architect Magazine