Congratulations to QEA’s Kristen Nyht on her new role as president of AIA Michigan, and to Lindsey Pickornik on becoming president of AIA Huron Valley

Kristen Nyht, AIA, AICP, LEED AP

Kristen Nyht became a member of AIA in 1996 and has been actively volunteering with the organization almost every year since 2003. She is now serving as AIA Michigan’s fourth woman president since their founding in the 1880s. 

An accomplished professional with diverse skills, Kristen enjoys navigating and resolving complex architectural and urban planning challenges. She brings a clear vision, inventive design concepts, and a deep technical proficiency to each project. Kristen has designed and managed many high-profile buildings for higher education, commercial, and institutional clients; and has been recognized for creating spaces that successfully balance context and function while meeting strict project parameters. She is currently the senior project manager for the Michigan Central Station project in Detroit’s Corktown. 

Beyond AIA Michigan, Kristen’s community service and advocacy work includes Michigan’s Legacy Land Conservancy, the City of Ann Arbor Planning Commission, and the West Grand Boulevard Collaborative. 

Lindsey Pickornik, AIA

Lindsey Pickornik has also commenced her tenure as president of AIA’s Huron Valley chapter.  

Lindsey has been with Quinn Evans Architects for nine years. The Henry Ford Glass Gallery project is still one of her favorites due to its unique challenges and custom design opportunities. As project architect, Lindsey appreciates the contrast between new and old, while keeping in mind the original design intent to meet the current needs of each client and community. Lindsey is an alumnus of University of Michigan and Lawrence Technological University. Her current full-time focus is contributing to the Michigan Central Station project in Detroit as well. 

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