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2021 Alumni Awards Nominations

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2021 Alumni Awards through Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at 5:00 pm CST. Winners will be honored at the Annual Alumni Association Meeting this fall 2021. View the 2020 award recipients.

The following are awarded annually:

  • The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes an individual demonstrating outstanding and uncommon achievement in their professional field and/or distinguished civic or public service.
  • The Leadership Alumni Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding and uncommon leadership by linking the community and the profession, through projects, initiatives, and public engagement.
  • The Successful Entrepreneur Award recognizes an individual contributing significantly towards the development of entrepreneurship in the fields of design craftsmanship and innovation through outstanding proven performance as a business owner.
  • The Innovator Alumni Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding and innovative multi-disciplinary design and business skills applied to complex problem-solving.
  • The Outstanding Young Alumni Award is given to an individual, who has graduated within the past ten years, demonstrating outstanding and uncommon achievement in their professional field and/or distinguished civic or public service, early in their career. 


  • To nominate yourself or your fellow alumni, fill out the Nomination Form.
  • Professional License is not required.
  • There is no fee associated with any aspect of the annual awards process.
  • The award is a one-time honor, therefore, previous award recipients are not eligible.
  • Members of the UHCOAD Alumni Board of Directors and the Award Selection Committee are not eligible for consideration.
  • The nominee must hold a University of Houston System earned degree or have completed at least twelve semester hours at UH.
  • The nominee must be distinguished in his or her business, profession, work, or another worthy endeavor.
  • The nominee must be a person of such integrity, stature, and demonstrated ability that the award will reflect honor on the University of Houston and create a sense of pride among members of the university community.
  • The nominee must have demonstrated a continuing interest in the University of Houston.
The following documents are required to be submitted:
  • Completed Nomination Form
  • One-page Cover Letter addressed to “Selection Committee”
  • Biography with complete contact information (maximum five pages and file size less than 5 MB)
  • Relevant content to support the nomination (narrative, articles, images, etc.; maximum ten pages and file size less than 10 MB)
  • Two Letters of Support

Submission deadline is August 2, 2021. No late entries. No exceptions.

Submit any questions by email to Sarah Holloway (, Director of Alumni Relations.




Catherine Callaway ’07

Associate Vice President, Kirksey Architecture

Catherine Callaway, AIA, is recognized for her talents as a designer, project manager, and community advocate. At Kirksey Architecture her projects serve the local community, whether a church, city hall, or non-profit organization. Callaway continues to give back to UH through mentoring students and leading the popular UH Art & Architecture walking tour. As 2017 AIA Houston President, Callaway led the chapter’s response to Hurricane Harvey. She created opportunities for AIA Houston to lend their expertise to our suffering region and helped position the chapter in shaping a more resilient future for our city. Catherine recently earned young architect awards from AIA Houston, TXA, and AIA, and the 2020 UH Architecture + Design Leadership Alumni Award. As 2021 ArCH President, she invites everyone to visit the newly re-opened Architecture Center Houston and view the Houston 2020 Visions exhibit.

Hunter Clayton ’91

Principal & Co-Managing Director, Gensler Houston Office

Hunter Clayton, LEEP AP, is Principal & Co-Managing Director for the Gensler Houston office and serves as a Co-Leader for the firm’s Global Regions and Offices Community. Through his extensive breadth of knowledge of large-scale projects, he imparts guidance and leadership to local and global teams. Hunter brings more than 30 years of experience to the role, which includes ten years as a Principal in Gensler’s Santa Monica office and ten years as an executive with MGM Resorts International, where he was Lead Principal for the largest privately funded mixed-use project in the country, MGM Resort International’s CityCenter.


Aide Guitierrez ’12

Senior Design Researcher, eBay

Aide Guitierrez is a Sr. Design Researcher at eBay, located in Austin, Texas. The last few years she explored the fintech world through her work with Charles Schwab and State Street. Prior to that, Guitierrez was part of the IBM Cloud and IBM Watson teams where she focused on creating innovative solutions for a wide variety of fields like healthcare, retail, entertainment, cloud development, telecommunications, and more. When not conducting research, Guitierrez likes to spend time with her family, fiancé, and dog. She also enjoys playing around with new technologies and exploring small Texas towns.