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Community Leaders Recognized by Architectural Community
AIA Seattle is pleased to announce those receiving AIA Seattle Honors for their achievement in championing outstanding design in our city and region. Those honored are:
AIA SEATTLE MEDAL OF HONOR
Ed Weinstein FAIA
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
Brandon Nicholson AIA (individual)
ALLIED ORGANIZATION AWARD
YOUNG ARCHITECT AWARD
Myer Harrell AIA
HONORARY AIA SEATTLE MEMBERSHIP
Honorable Sally Clark
Each year, AIA Seattle recognizes leadership and achievement in design and the built environment through its honors program. Honors acknowledge excellence, inspire by example, and strengthen ties between architects and the many other professions that partner with them to make a difference through design.
"Good design makes a difference, but the architectural community can't do it alone." said Lisa Richmond, Executive Director of AIA Seattle. "We honor not only our own outstanding members, but those visionary leaders with whom we partner to achieve our shared goals."
The honorees will be recognized at a formal event held on May 21, 2011 in Seattle. See below for bios of this year's honorees. Hi-resolution photos provided upon request.
Ed Weinstein FAIA
In recognition of his incredible body of work over more than three decades, the AIA Seattle Fellows and Honors Committee has enthusiastically awarded Ed Weinstein its highest honor. Throughout his career, Ed has merged the disciplines of architecture and urban design by designing facilities that serve as exemplars of community responsive, yet modernist, urban architecture. He has practiced in the Puget Sound region for 36 years and is recognized as one of the Northwest’s leading designers. His firm’s projects have received more than 50 AIA Seattle, AIA Northwest & Pacific Region, and National AIA design awards, most for cost-effective public sector and non-profit clientele. Ed’s ability to see the big picture and strengths as a communicator and consensus builder have contributed to the success of his projects, and accordingly he has been invited to serve on numerous AIA design juries throughout the country. Ed was a member of the Seattle Design Commission from 1987 to 1990, and served as Chair from 1990 to 1992.
Brandon Nicholson AIA
Brandon Nicholson was selected for the 2011 AIA Seattle Community Service Award in recognition of his extraordinary leadership on changes to Seattle’s Multi-Family Code. Brandon is a founding principal of Nicholson Kovalchick (NK) Architects, a leading architecture and development consulting firm known for its focus on sustainable, urban infill housing, from single-family homes to high-rise towers. Brandon’s active involvement with the City of Seattle as a code advocate has been instrumental in obtaining much-needed changes to the city’s land-use codes, resulting in greater urban density, more livable neighborhoods, and reduced parking requirements. He also spearheaded the planned Fauntleroy Boulevard improvements in West Seattle which will create a gateway to the neighborhood that emphasizes a green, pedestrian friendly environment while reducing the impact of automobiles. Brandon chairs the Southwest Seattle Design Review Board and is an elected board member of the West Seattle Junction Association.
In business for the past 25 years, GGLO has emerged as a leader and convener of the non-profit urban sustainability community in the Seattle region. In addition to volunteer appointments to influential bodies such as the Seattle Planning Commission, AIA Seattle Committee on the Environment and Seattle Carbon Neutral Technical Review Committee, GGLO's urban design program staff has provided technical assistance to numerous non-profit organizations, including Great City, People's Waterfront Coalition and Commute Seattle, as well as pro-bono work on the 2009 joint publication with Futurewise and Transportation Choices Coalition, Transit-Oriented Communities: A Blueprint for Washington State. GGLO donates office space to non-profit organizations who share a passion for sustainable urbanism. The firm’s meeting venue, Space at the Steps, has become a center for idea-sharing for the urban sustainability community, hosting special events and brown-bag discussions about creating places that benefit both people and the planet.
Futurewise, a statewide public interest group, has been working in the trenches to promote healthy communities and cities, advocating on critical growth and development issues, since 1990. Futurewise's advocacy, public education and technical support to local groups and elected officials have been the foundations for good growth management in Washington. Recent notable accomplishments include publishing Transit-Oriented Communities: A Blueprint for Washington State, co-authored by Sara Nikolic of Futurewise, GGLO and Transportation Choices Coalition; and Transportation for Washington, a campaign led by Futurewise and Transportation Choices Coalition to create more transit choices, build transit oriented communities and promote a state transportation system that protects air and water quality, supports healthy communities, and preserves existing investments.
Myer Harrell AIA
Myer Harrell’s selection for this year’s Young Architect Award reflects his leadership within the profession, as well as his significant accomplishments as a young designer. As an architect at Weber Thompson, Myer was on the team that designed Eco-laboratory, a conceptual project that won first prize in the 2008 USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition; was part of a runner-up proposal to Metropolis Magazine’s 2009 Next Generation Design Competition; and was featured in the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt 2010 Design Triennial. In Spring 2010, he co-instructed a graduate-level architecture studio at the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments. Myer has been active in the local community, serving on the AIA Seattle Practice & Ethics committee, Southwest Seattle Design Review Board, and the Emerging Professionals of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council. Nationally, he has been engaged by the US Green Building Council as a member of the Education Events Committee and as a volunteer with Historic Green, a grassroots rebuilding effort in New Orleans.
Honorable Sally Clark
As chair of the city’s Committee on the Built Environment, Sally has developed significant knowledge and leadership around zoning and land use issues that help create a livable city. Sally’s career includes both non-profit social services and government work aimed at both helping people to become their own best advocates and connecting people with government in ways that improve their lives and their communities. She has served as a member of the Seattle City Council since 2006. Sally was instrumental in helping pass the recent Multifamily Housing Code Update, working with AIA Seattle and other local stakeholder groups Sally’s regional committee memberships include the Puget Sound Regional Council Operations Committee, the Growth Management Planning Council Executive Committee, and the Regional Policy Committee. In her spare time Sally rows with Conibear Rowing Club. She is an avid bicyclist and has completed the Seattle-to-Portland ride twice.
Betsy Lieberman is founding Executive Director of Building Changes, a Washington state organization working to end homelessness. Building Changes fosters collaborative partnerships with government entities, private philanthropy, and community-based service organizations to address the barriers to housing stability and to reduce homelessness. In 1988, Betsy started AIDS Housing of Washington to build Bailey-Boushay House, the nation’s first newly constructed skilled nursing facility for persons living with AIDS. For 20 years, she spearheaded the development of more than 160 of supportive housing units in King County. In 2001, Betsy was one of 20 recipients in the first year of the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World awards program. In 2005, Betsy received a Bank of America Local Heroes Award for her contribution to neighborhood vitality. In 2006, the Puget Sound Business Journal named her as one of its 20 most influential women leaders in the region.
Ted Sive, FSMPS, has been a passionate participant in and booster of the architecture, engineering and construction community for two decades. As Principal of Ted Sive Consulting, he works with a wide range of companies creating business strategy, developing brand, and coaching individuals and teams to communication and client service excellence. Prior to starting his consultancy, Sive was a Partner and Director of Marketing for Lease Crutcher Lewis. He is a Fellow with the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS). Sive’s research, white papers, and presentations on the strategic impacts of BIM (Building Information Modeling) and IPD (Integrated Project Delivery) have been widely attended and quoted. Sive has spoken at numerous national and regional conferences for ACEC, AGC, AIA, SMPS, and other industry organizations, and has served on such boards as the Seattle Architecture Foundation, the Seattle ACE Mentor Program, and the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association.
Brigitte Bertschi has been awarded AIA Seattle Honorary Membership in recognition of her vision and leadership as a client and steward of sustainable design. In 1975, Brigitte founded the Bertschi School, an independent elementary school committed to providing children a balanced education that nurtures their intellect, imagination, and character. The Bertschi School has incorporated numerous sustainable building elements into its construction, most notably its newest addition to the campus, the Living Building Science Lab, which takes the concept of sustainability to a higher level through its visual articulation of a net zero water and net zero energy. Bertschi School is used frequently as a learning center for students, educators, architects, and environmental science professionals because of its focus on transparent architecture as a tool for education. Brigitte was a board member of the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools from 2002 to 2008, and is currently on the board of Mexico CVIS elementary school in Sayulita.
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