Sara Yehia, AIA, Architect | Founding Principal of Kenzy Architects, was one of two local architects honored with the prestigious AIA10 Award last weekend at the AIA Arizona Awards Gala at the Phoenix Art Museum.

The AIA10 Award is given to architects who have been licensed for less than 10 years and recognizes individuals for exceptional leadership in the professional community and built environment through service to the community and the AIA as well as through the quality of work performed professionally.

Yehia, LEED AP GA NCARB, is serving her second year as the AIA10 state director and AIA state board member.

“The jury was impressed that Sara has shown a major commitment to service to the community, to the AIA, and the architecture profession while starting her own practice just

five years ago,” said Jury Chair Nader Tehrani. “Sara has been the AIA10 representative on the AIA Arizona board of directors for the past two years and also has been a mentor to students and emerging professionals.”

Yehia is the Founding Principal and sole owner of Kenzy Architects, an architecture and interior design firm she established in 2018. She has been practicing architecture since 2004 and has designed more than 1 million square feet of buildings. Yehia leads a team to create designs that are both creative and highly technical.

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Kenzy Architects prioritizes a client-centric approach, placing a strong emphasis on understanding and fulfilling the unique visions of its clients. Inspiration is derived from the distinct goals and aspirations of each client and is dedicated to translating these visions into tangible reality. Kenzy Architects provides architecture and interior design services for ground-up, remodel, and tenant improvement.

Areas of expertise are office, medical office, retail, restaurants, adaptive reuse, industrial and multi-family.

Yehia is active in the Valley’s architectural community and engages with industry organizations. She serves on various boards and committees and actively participates in programs and events. Yehia has served on the boards of ULI Arizona and AIA Arizona. She is also involved with NCARB, NAIOP, and NOMA.

Away from the office Yehia enjoys hiking, dancing, and traveling.

More than 25 projects by Arizona architects were honored at the Gala. Winners were also announced for the Associates Award, Firm of the Year, Design Pedagogy of the Year, and Educator of the Year. To learn more about Kenzy Architects visit