Sydne Nance, Associate AIA, Recognized as AIA New Jersey Associate of the Year

February 7, 2024

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Sydne Nance, Associate AIA, with (L-R) Michael Herbert of Whitehorn Financial Group, the award sponsor, AIA NJ President, Brian Penschow, AIA, and President Elect, Andrew Thompson, AIA. Photo Credit: Jay Mayer


Sydne Nance, Associate AIA, Recognized as AIA New Jersey Associate of the Year


Sydne Nance, an emerging architectural professional, holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Hillier College of Architecture and Design at NJIT. Currently, she contributes her expertise as a part of the Business Development Team at Henning Larsen in New York City. Additionally, in her spare time, Sydne volunteers as the Editorial Assistant for Madame Architect, a media startup focused on sharing the narratives of women in architecture and design. 

Driven by her passion for increasing diversity in the field of architecture, Sydne advocated for her peers through her involvement in the American Institute of Architects Students and other organizations. In her final year as an undergraduate, she served as chapter president of NJIT’s AIAS chapter and has served on the national AIAS Honor Awards jury.


Sydne with her guests at the 2024 AIA NJ Board Installation and Awards Dinner. Photo Credit: Jay Mayer

During college, Sydne competed as a member of NJIT’s women’s track and field team, setting numerous team records. She also joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-educated women. She values mentorship and has mentored two cohorts of first-year architecture and design students from her university’s Educational Opportunity Program. 

Sydne received her award on January 13, 2024, at the AIA New Jersey Board Installation and Awards Dinner at Clarks Landing Yacht Club in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. The announcement was made by Service Award Chair, Jessica O’Donnell, AIA, and the award was presented by Michael Herbert of Whitehorn Financial Group, the award sponsor, and AIA NJ President, Brian Penschow, AIA. 

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