BG woman receives AIA Toledo’s 2019 Emerging Professional of the Year Award


TOLEDO — In recognition of her commitment to the profession, the Toledo Chapter of the American Institute
of Architects will name Christine Mowen the Toledo Emerging Professional of the Year for 2019.
Mowen, a Bowling Green resident, graduated from Montana State University with her Masters in Architecture
degree in 2009. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work on a wide range of commercial
and residential projects in multiple locations across the United States.
Before moving to Ohio in 2017, Mowen worked in small to medium sized firms in Kentucky, Delaware, New
Jersey and Wyoming where she gained valuable experience, expanded her knowledge, and deepened her
passion for her love of architecture. Mowen successfully completed the Intern Development Program (now
known as the Architectural Experience Program – AXP) and the Architectural Registration Exams in 2017
and received her license to practice architecture in the State of Ohio in May of 2017.
Her commitment to the profession of architecture is evident with her involvement in many local area
non-profits. Mowen is the AIA Ohio Licensing advisor where she provides guidance and support for those
navigating the AXP and ARE processes. She understands the importance of guidance and encouragement in
the journey to licensure and strives to ensure new generations of young professions are mentored and
advised through their process.
Mowen is also committed to helping young students explore opportunities in the profession by serving as
an advisor of the AIA Toledo High School Design Competition. At the age of 13, she knew she wanted to be
an architect and because of this she recognizes the significance of nurturing the love of architecture
from a young age.
This past year Mowen has dedicated her time to volunteering as a founding advisory board member for the
new non-profit, Preserve! Toledo. In this role she helps Preserve! Toledo work toward its mission of
preserving Northwest Ohio’s built environment through education, connection, and empowerment through
helping organize events, promote preservation techniques, and sharing information about the local
historic infrastructure.
Mowen’s dedication to the profession and giving back to the community also include her time spent
volunteering for the Toledo Design Center, being the social media coordinator for AIA Toledo, and being
a member of the Construction Specifications Institute, Toledo Chapter.
Outside of the profession, she enjoys doting on her seven nieces and nephews, taking American Sign
Language classes, and participating in friendly Nerf blaster competitions with friends. She also
organizes and facilitates a monthly postcard exchange, and works on updating, preserving, and
researching her home in her spare time.
She and her husband Tom live in their 1894 Queen Anne Victorian in Bowling Green.
Mowen will be presented the 2019 AIA Toledo Emerging Professional of the Year Award during AIA Toledo’s
Honor Awards Program on Friday at Poco Piatti in Toledo.
For information regarding this event, contact [email protected]

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