Nancy de La Vega
Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship
Master of Architecture from Florida International University
Fort Myers, FL
Nancy de La Vega, a South Florida native, holds a Master of Architecture from Florida International University and is a LEED Green Associate. After relocating to Fort Myers, Nancy joined her local AIA chapter as a volunteer for the Architecture in Education program, providing hands-on lessons in architecture for 4th and 5th grade students. Her dedication led her to the AIA Florida Southwest Board of Directors, holding a position as Associate Director for several years and earning her the AIA Florida Southwest President’s Award in 2021 and 2022. Nancy has also served as chapter Secretary and assumed the role of President in 2023. As Associate Director, Nancy revitalized the chapter’s ARE study group, conducting a firm-crawl style monthly event at firms across the area, fostering engagement among members and assisting those on the path to licensure. She also updated the chapter’s Exam Resource Library, offering the latest study materials to chapter members at no cost. Beyond her professional contributions, Nancy demonstrated her commitment to her community during Hurricane Ian’s aftermath, aiding in debris clearing and distributing disaster recovery donations. She has since served as an advocate for legislation impacting the profession, emphasizing the significance of resilient design and construction.