The AIA recently announced Thomas E. Lollini, FAIA and Thomas Luebke, FAIA for the 2015 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. Additionally, the AIA revealed The Lyceum Fellowship Inc. and Transsolar KlimaEngineering as the winners of the 2015 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement.
Out of three categories for the Thomas Jefferson Award, Lollini won in Category 2, which recognizes public-sector architects that manage or produce top-quality design. Luebke won in Category 3 in recognition of advocacy in advancing the public's awareness and/or support of design excellence. No one was selected for Category 1 this year.
The Collaborative Achievement awards honors distinguished achievements from allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, or knowledge communities that have created positive influence or furthered the architectural profession.
Winners will be presented with their awards during the 2015 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta.
2015 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award:
Category 2: Thomas E. Lollini, FAIA: "Being recognized for his contributions as campus architect at both California’s oldest public university and the nation’s newest public research university, Lollini’s work has elevated the importance of the design of higher education institutions." More details here.
Category 3: Thomas Luebke, FAIA: "Since 2005 Luebke has served as the Secretary of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. Luebke’s role is to act as a mediator between designers and the rest of Washington D.C.’s regulatory stakeholders by taking a given design and making it better, often through a complex and contentious regulatory process." More details here.
2015 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement:
The Lyceum Fellowship Inc: "For nearly 30 years, the Lyceum Fellowship has provided meaningful design, travel, and educational opportunities for architecture students, encouraging their participation in architectural culture and building professional skills and networks among generations of architects. Through its distinctive framework of design competition, jury process, and travel grants to prize recipients, the Lyceum Fellowship engages architects, allied professionals, and schools of architecture in a dialog about design and education and fosters a collective mentorship of the next generation of leaders." More details here.
Transsolar KlimaEngineering: "Starting with the earliest conversations on a project, Transsolar KlimaEngineering, a climate engineering firm founded in Stuttgart, Germany in 1992, enriches the architectural dialog by examining every aspect of a project in light of the dual objectives of lowering energy consumption while increasing human comfort...Never willing to accept the notion that a difficult problem is an excuse to relax its demanding process, Transsolar has demonstrated time and again its ability to create empirical models that push the performance goals and test the validity of new concepts, systems, and materials". More details here.
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