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Edward M. Burke FAIA

Honors Archives: AIA College of Fellows/Edward Burke FAIA, 1992

Edward M. Burke FAIA (BArch UW 1959), President of The Burke Associates, Architects & Planners Inc. of Seattle, pioneered planning concepts which radically impacted public transportation policies.

Architectural accomplishments include the redevelopment of the Kobe Park Building, containing the once-abandoned Nippon Kan Theatre. The restoration effort - and his coauthorship with Elizabeth Burke of Seattle's Other History - drew attention to an underappreciated segment of regional social history, providing a source of cultural pride to Japanese Americans. Ed Burke's leadership of the Washington State Japan-America Society saw the growth of effort for international understanding. In 1991, the Emperor of Japan conferred on Ed Burke the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Rosette, honoring his life's work.

Ed Burke served as AIA Seattle President in 1971. Norman Johnston FAIA sponsored his nomination to the AIA College of Fellows, resulting in his induction in 1992, among 123 architects in the nation advanced that year, and investiture in ceremonies conducted at the AIA Convention held in Boston.

Edward M. Burke FAIA
This image accompanied an article in The Seattle Times 1972.

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