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HH Architecture selected as Firm of the Year by AIA NC

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Winston-Salem, N.C., Nov. 3, 2022 – The American Institute of Architects North Carolina chapter announced this year’s Firm of the Year at its annual Design and Chapter Awards ceremony at Footnote at Foothills Brewing Company in Winston-Salem, N.C. This is the highest honor awarded to a firm by the Institute.

HH Architecture was selected as AIA NC Firm of the Year for its track record of outstanding community design, steady growth, and projected future success. The Firm Award is given annually to one architectural firm practicing for at least 10 years and led by AIA NC members.

“We are thrilled to be chosen as Firm of the Year for the State of N.C.,” said Founder and CEO, Kristen M. Hess. “This award signifies the 17 years of work our staff has put into creating outstanding design. It is an honor to be named among the most impactful architectural firms in the state. We couldn’t be more excited to continue growing and delivering inspired, functional design to our clients.”

HH Architecture is a proud member of the N.C. architecture community and has designed hundreds of projects across the state. The firm has designed major landmark projects, including an addition to the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, a master plan for the N.C. Zoological Park, and the new state-of-the-art Steve Troxler Agricultural Sciences Center. HH Architecture is also currently designing significant renovation and addition projects for the N.C. Museum of Art and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality.

Earlier this year, Founder and CEO, Kristen M. Hess was named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Person of the Year for N.C.

About AIA NC: The American Institute of Architects North Carolina is the professional organization for architects in the state. Headquartered at 14 E. Peace St in Raleigh, the Institute promotes the architecture profession on governmental, community, and educational levels and throughout the construction industry. Visit