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Memphian one of 22 receiving 'Young Architects Award'

By Updated: February 14, 2019 4:00 AM CT | Published: February 13, 2019 1:47 PM CT

Nationally, only 22 “young architects” – defined not by age but by having less than 10 years of licensed experience – received the 2019 Young Architects Award.

Jason Jackson of Memphis is among the 22 recognized by the American Institute of Architects for exceptional leadership and contributions to the profession.

The 36-year-old principal at brg3s architects was cited for both his design creativity and his contributions to Memphis’ underserved neighborhoods. The judges for the nation’s largest architecture organization describe Jackson as a “citizen architect.”

“The early career of Jason Jackson, AIA, is marked with commitment and meaningful contributions to the profession,” the award message states.  “As one of the youngest owners of one of Memphis’ oldest architecture firms, his design excellence and leadership inform projects for both established institutions and underserved communities. Exemplifying the role of citizen architect, he continuously elevates the status of architects in the community he serves."

The judges were especially impressed by Jackson’s work in the historic but impoverished Soulsville neighborhood of South Memphis.

Jackson not only helped transform a near-collapsed house with the design for the Memphis Slim Collaboratory, which houses a music studio and meeting space, he helped create a multiyear master plan to activate Soulsville with redevelopment.


"As one of the youngest owners of one of Memphis’ oldest architecture firms, (Jason Jackson's) design excellence and leadership inform projects for both established institutions and underserved communities."
American Institute of Architects


Among his other works singled out by the AIA judges were Jackson's design for the new Simulation Center at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, his service as a facilitator for five of city’s 14 districts in the long-range plan called Memphis 3.0, and his collaboration with students at the University of Memphis School of Architecture.

“I am truly honored by this recognition, but architecture is a team sport,” Jackson told The Daily Memphian. “This award is shard with every project team, building great things in Memphis, that I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of.

“Over my last 13 years in Memphis, we have changed and grown so much as a city,” Jackson said. “Receiving this recognition affirms my commitment to set the best example I can for future generations of architects in Memphis: Embrace change and pursue architecture with conviction, rigor and integrity.”

Jackson was a lead designer for brg3s before being named a principal of the firm in 2014.



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Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey covers business news for The Daily Memphian. A Tupelo, Mississippi, native, he graduated from Mississippi State University. He's worked in journalism for 40 years and has lived in Midtown for 36 years.


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