The term ‘citizen architect’ was developed for people like Sonny Joy-Hogg, Assoc. AIA. A curious and humble talent, Sonny is dedicated to designing spaces that impact communities. He is a mentor, teacher, steward, non-profit leader, and now, AIA Virginia Emerging Professional Award winner.
Focused in Baskervill’s Civic & Cultural studio, Sonny’s work is centered on the exploration of justice, equity, community, and social good. His driving force goes beyond bricks and mortar to the heart of how spaces act in service to communities, neighborhoods, families, and individuals. The work itself is powerful and includes Hearth: Memorial to the Enslaved at William & Mary, The Burying Ground at University of Richmond, Twin Memorials at Emory University, and Better Housing Coalition’s Colbrook Community.
Mentorship—primarily focused on youth from disadvantaged backgrounds—is a critical focus for Sonny. He is a founding member and current chairman of the Young Professionals Board of ART 180, volunteer at 6PIC and Oakwood Arts, and co-leader of Baskervill’s youth education and development initiatives.
The power of Sonny’s myriad of gifts is most evident in the impression he leaves on those he works with. Clients revere his approachable, attentive presence and his incredible ability to distill complex emotions into thoughtful ideas. Teammates extol his endless patience, creative excellence, and ability to take initiative and direct others – all with a genuine smile. Not even a decade into his professional life, it’s clear Sonny’s just getting started.
Please join us in congratulating our colleague Sonny Joy-Hogg on this immense, well-deserved, honor.