August 5, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
A well-known architect in Sunnyside has been awarded with a national honor for her contributions to the profession.
Laura Heim, who has had her award-winning practice in the neighborhood for 18 years, was recently elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects during a ceremony held this summer.
The honor, prestigious in the architecture world, elects members from the American Institute of Architects as a way to both recognize the architect’s achievements and elevate their work before the public.
Heim, who is known for her expertise in historical preservation, impressed the jury with her restoration efforts in the Sunnyside Gardens Historic District, where she has worked on more than 30 projects.
Heim is one of 152 architects selected for the nationwide honor, and the first architect with a practice in Queens to become a Fellow.
Her firm, originally located at 41-03 46th St. since 2006, is now around the block at 45-14 Skillman Ave., which will open some time this summer.