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AIA Seattle Medalist 1995: Jane Hastings FAIA

In 1995, AIA Seattle bestowed its highest honor, the AIA Seattle Medal, on Jane Hastings. Her citation noted these features of Jane's pioneering role in the profession:

"Jane Hastings FAIA has sustained an unusually active and extensive commitment to AIA, since her first involvement in 1953 when Seattle hosted the AIA Convention. Her accomplishments over more than four decades of AIA activism include major initiative in the development of AIA's international policies and programs - especially through the AIA International Committee (1989-91) and her faithful attendance at international conferences such as those of the Paris-based International Union of Women Architects. Principal of Washington's oldest woman-owned firm (The Hastings Group - Architects, 1959), she has produced prize-winning residential projects in Seattle and the Puget Sound region.

"Many admire her achievement as the first woman to serve as AIA Seattle President (1975) and the first to serve as Chancellor of the AIA College of Fellows (1992). In an impressive and affectionately-maintained array of contacts throughout the US and worldwide, she has offered encouragement and leadership to generations of architects, both women and men, by her influential example of hopeful engagement in professional affairs. A 1952 BArch graduate of the University of Washington, Jane Hastings accepted advancement into the AIA College of Fellows in 1980."

Jane has served the AIA Northwest & Pacific Region extensively and uniquely. First elected to a three-year term as Director in 1982, she later served for an additional year to complete the term of another colleague. Her colleagues on the AIA national Board of Directors - as in the Region and around the world - refer fondly, frequently, and with respect to their work and play with Jane.

At the AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Conference Saturday night highlight, August 10, 2002 at the Tacoma Sheraton, her colleagues presented the Region Medal of Honor to Seattle architect L. Jane Hastings FAIA.

This latest distinction of a highly esteemed citizen of the architectural community conveys special significance, as the Region here confers the Medal for the first time. According to Region Honors Jury Chair Ted Garduque FAIA, the Medal "recognize[s] an individual member of the AIA Northwest and Pacific Region who has consistently demonstrated excellence in design, the practice of architecture, architectural education, or service to the profession, has promoted public understanding of architects and architecture, and who has made notable contributions unique to this region."

With her husband Dr. Norman J. Johnston FAIA (AIA Seattle Medallist 1990), Jane has attended perhaps thousands of AIA meetings, including most if not all Region conference and national Conventions. From AIA activities locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, architects around the world know and admire Jane and Norm, and benefit from their wisdom, good humor, and knowledgeable "insider" connections regarding significant events in the advancement of the architectural profession and the AIA spanning the second half of the 20th century.

L. Jane Hastings FAIA


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