Architect Recognized for Service to USGBC Virginia

Allison Powell, AIA, LEED BD+C, an associate with Quinn Evans Architects, has been recognized with a 2019 Green Leader Volunteer Award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Virginia. Powell was honored for her extensive volunteer efforts for the state organization, including serving as chair of USGBC Virginia’s Green Schools committee for the past four years.  

The Green Schools committee oversees the organization’s highly successful Connect the Dots program, which challenges K–12 schools across the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia regions to develop and implement the most creative, effective, no- or low-cost sustainable practices for their schools. The program aims to increase environmental stewardship, strengthen community outreach, encourage creativity, and complement curriculum development. Participating schools can target projects that aim to lower operating maintenance costs, improve indoor air quality, and conserve natural resources. Schools are matched with volunteer mentors to help guide project development and implementation, with projects registered as part of USGBC’s annual Green Apple Day of Service campaign to access additional funding and project planning resources. 


“Allison has recently been the force behind USGBC Virginia’s Connect the Dots program, helping us transition first to a statewide reach beyond the greater Virginia territory and then all the way throughout the D.C. metro region and into Maryland,” stated Cindy Zork, director of community in Virginia, Maryland, and Tennessee for USGBC. “This wonderful program allows our USGBC members to give back to their community through service to K-12 schools, and Allison’s organization and advocacy have been a key factor in its success.”

In addition to her volunteer work for USGBC Virginia, Powell is a board member and volunteer for Storefront for Community Design and a Young Professionals board member of the Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity. She holds a Master of Architecture (2012) from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Design (2007) from the University of Virginia. 

About Quinn Evans Architects 
Established in 1984, Quinn Evans Architects specializes in architecture, planning, urban revitalization, and historic preservation, including sustainable preservation and stewardship. The firm has more than 170 professionals in offices in Washington, D.C.; Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan; Madison, Wisconsin; Baltimore, Maryland; and Richmond, Virginia. Nationally ranked in its sustainability practice, Quinn Evans Architects is a charter signatory of the AIA 2030 Challenge and a member of the Center for the Built Environment. 
Quinn Evans Architects specializes in cultural, institutional, commercial, and educational projects, including museums, historic parks, theaters, mixed-use buildings, schools and campus facilities, libraries, and civic landmarks. 
Current projects include the modernization of the National Air and Space Museum and the renovation of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.; renovation of the Old City Hall and Virginia Commonwealth University’s new STEM building in Richmond, Va.; the redevelopment of Baltimore Penn Station; upgrades to the Cincinnati Art Museum; and modernization of the historic Southeast Library in Minneapolis, Minn. Quinn Evans Architects has also recently been selected by Ford to design the restoration and adaptive use of the landmark Michigan Central Station in Detroit. Other projects in Detroit include the restoration of the historic Wurlitzer Building, renovation of 985 Michigan Avenue for the U.S. General Services Administration, and the adaptive reuse of the historic Brewster Wheeler Recreation Center. For more information, visit