AIA Ohio Honor Awards Program

2018 Jury:

Alexander Christoforidis, AIA
Aaron Hill, AIA
Curt Moody, FAIA
Doug Richards, AIA
Charlie Rodenfels, AIA

JURY

Alexander Christoforidis, AIA
Aaron Hill, AIA
Curt Moody, FAIA
Doug Richards, AIA
Charlie Rodenfels, AIA

JURY

Alexander Christoforidis, AIA
Aaron Hill, AIA
Curt Moody, FAIA
Doug Richards, AIA
Charlie Rodenfels, AIA

GOLD MEDAL AWARD

2018: Bruce Sekanick, FAIA


With more than thirty years of service to the architectural community and AIA, Bruce Sekanick, FAIA, OAA is the AIA Ohio Gold Medal Award recipient for 2018. Throughout his tenure with AIA which began in 1981 on the campus of Kent State University, Bruce has served his regional community, AIA Eastern Ohio Region, AIA Ohio, and the national AIA community where he currently serves as the Secretary. His roles have ranged from committee member to board member to board leadership to advocate and beyond. Bruce’s accolades were numerous and we congratulate him on this well-deserved honor. In the words of past AIA Ohio President Terry Welker, “Bruce personifies leadership in AIA first, by his own daily example and second, by enabling others to realize they have a voice, a talent and a duty to serve society through architecture.”

Read Bruce’s entire submission, including details of past roles, assistance in grassroots campaigns and endorsements from several key colleagues serving AIA for the betterment of our industry.

The Gold Medal is the highest honor that AIA Ohio can bestow on a member.  The AIA Ohio Board of Directors confers this award, which recognizes the exemplary contributions and significant accomplishments of AIA Ohio members, in fulfilling the criteria in one or more of the categories identified below.  Each of the categories shall be considered as equal pathways to achievement of the award.  One category shall not be valued higher than another nor shall a category be unequally weighted in the evaluation process.

Design

Candidate shall demonstrate that their body of work has made a significant positive impact on the profession of architecture and/or the community.  The work shall be widely recognized for excellence, innovation in design, and the elevation of the practice of architecture.  The depth and breadth of the work shall have had a cumulative effect on architecture over time.

Leadership

Candidates shall demonstrate that through vision, creativity, organizational skills, and perseverance, they have created a positive impact or improvement in the profession, the Institute or in their community, and that their passion, long-term commitment and contributions are widely recognized as having elevated the profession of architecture.

Service

Candidates shall demonstrate service to the Institute, having a significant impact on the profession over time, and that this service has significantly elevated public awareness of architecture.  A candidate’s service shall demonstrate great depth, having a cumulative effect over time.

Eligibility

Any member of AIA Ohio in good standing, who has been a member of the AIA for a minimum of ten years, is eligible to receive the Gold Medal. The award may be conferred posthumously to those individuals who had a cumulative membership in the AIA of ten years or more and who meet all of the other defined requirements. AIA Fellowship is not a requirement for consideration, however, candidates shall have made a significant and exemplary impact on the profession or within the AIA Ohio.  The member’s service shall have had an ever increasing impact that broadens and elevates the standards of leadership, service or design within the profession or the Institute.  No more than one such award shall be made in any year.

Submissions

Each submission shall include the following:

1.  Information and Identification Sheet, in a format designated by AIA Ohio (online form
2.  A one page letter of nomination from a member of AIA Ohio
3.  A one page letter of support from the candidate’s local AIA Ohio component
4.  Statement of Compliance with AIA Ohio Unpaid Labor Policy

The nominations may also include the following:

1. A biography of the candidate
The biography shall focus on the candidate’s overall experience and roles in the profession, establishing the level of involvement and participation of the member in the profession, the organization, and in service to community.

2. A summary of the candidate’s substantial achievements
The summary shall define how contributions or work of the candidate have had a substantial impact on the profession or the AIA.

3. Supporting exhibits
Exhibits may include information on specific contributions, work or examples of service that demonstrate the extraordinary and notable contributions of the candidate.  They may include summaries of books, articles, leadership and service or examples of design authored by the candidate. Separate information or examples that cannot be embedded within the document shall not be included.

4. Letters of Support
The candidate may provide up to six letters in support of the candidate’s exemplary work and achievements.  Each letter shall not exceed one page.  The authors of these letters shall not be restricted to members of the profession or Institute, although they should have a direct understanding and knowledge of the candidate’s contributions.  Members serving on the AIA Ohio Board of Directors are permitted to provide letters of support.  It is highly recommended that those providing letters of support do so for only one candidate for the Gold Medal each year.  Members of the AIA Ohio Honor Awards Jury may not provide or be solicited for letters of support.

Submission Format

The submissions for the AIA Ohio Gold Medal shall be made by the end of business on the day as determined by AIA Ohio in the Honor Award Call for Entries. Submissions shall be in compliance with the guidelines and requirements as established above and shall meet the following format restrictions:

  • Submissions shall be provided as a single PDF to AIA Ohio using the award software OpenWater.  The size of the PDF document, including any embedded photos, videos, etc. shall not exceed 8 MB.  The candidate is responsible for verifying the document has been submitted online by the deadline.
  • Submissions shall be formatted to demonstrate, in both written and graphic format, the candidate’s contributions.  The final format of the PDF may not exceed 11” x 17” (tabloid or “B” size).
  • The submission packet, excluding the four documents required by AIA Ohio, shall not exceed twenty two (22) pages.
  • The Board has the right to waive irregularities in the submissions, provided the irregularities are minor in nature and do not provide the candidate with a notable advantage over other candidates.

GOLD MEDAL FIRM AWARD

GOLD MEDAL FIRM AWARD

2018: City Architecture


This year, AIA Ohio recognizes City Architecture with the Gold Medal Firm Award for 2018. City Architecture was founded in 1989 by Paul Volpe, Mark Dodds and Dominick Durante with a vision of creating high quality architecture in established neighborhoods and the urban core. In 2014 ownership of the firm was transferred to three senior principals – August Fluker, John Wagner and Alex Pesta all of whom are registered architects and AIA members.

The impact this exemplary organization has made and continues to make on the skylines in and around the Cleveland area is immeasurable. City Architecture has amassed countless awards over the years and established itself as an innovative housing design firm for both market rate and affordable projects.

Take a moment to view their complete submission and notable portfolio.

The AIA Ohio Gold Medal Firm Award is the highest honor AIA Ohio can bestow on an architectural firm.  The AIA Ohio Board of Directors confers this award, which recognizes the exemplary contributions and significant accomplishments of firms lead by AIA Ohio members.  This award recognizes a firm’s ongoing commitment to a focus on design excellence, innovation in practice and design, or the advancement of firm culture, each of which contribute to the firm’s unique place as a leader in the profession.  Through this Award, the Board of Directors recognizes exemplary efforts and significant accomplishments in one or more of the following criteria.  Each of the categories shall be considered as equal pathways to achievement of the award.  One category shall not be valued higher than another nor shall a category be unequally weighted in the evaluation process.

Design

The firm’s body of work shall demonstrate design excellence as exhibited by projects having a significant impact on society and elevating the standard of design within the profession.  Through published work, peer recognition, awards, presentations and the application of innovative design, the firm, over an extended period of time, shall have evidenced a cumulative positive impact on the built environment.

Firm Culture

The firm shall be widely known as a leader in the development of innovative firm culture within the ever-changing environment of the design profession.  The firm has made a notable impact in the profession having successfully created a unique work culture recognized for valuing mentorship and promoting diversity and individual growth leading toward firm leadership.  The firm’s work illustrates the value it places in elevating its employees and acknowledging their contributions to improving the built environment.

Innovation

The firm shall have established itself to be a leader in the development and implementation of significant innovations in the design of the built environment through the use and application of new approaches to design, planning, research and materials applications.  Through testing, applied research and field application, the firm is a recognized pioneer in the utilization and application of innovative techniques, materials or technology.

Eligibility

Any firm or successor firms, whether an individual or an organization of architects, in which the continuing collaboration among individuals of the firm has been the principal force in consistently meeting the above mentioned criteria for a period of at least 10 years, is eligible for the AIA Ohio Gold Medal Firm Award. To be eligible for the AIA Ohio Gold Medal Firm Award, nominations must show that the majority of financial ownership in the firm is held by registered architects, and that all the registered architect principals are AIA Ohio members. No more than one such award shall be made in any year. Firms which have been recognized with the AIA Ohio Gold Medal Firm Award shall be eligible for re-nomination after an interval of 25 years.

Submissions

Each submission shall include the following:

1. Information and Identification Sheet, in a format designated by AIA Ohio
2. A one page letter of nomination from a member of AIA Ohio
3. A one page letter of support from the firm’s local AIA Ohio component
4. Statement of Firm Ownership and Principal Membership
5. Statement of Compliance with AIA Ohio Unpaid Labor Policy

The nominations may also include the following:

1. A brief description of the firm
The description shall outline the firm’s history, principals and its progression toward becoming a leader in design or in the profession. The description shall focus on the firm’s overall contributions and its ongoing impact on the architectural community.

2. Supporting exhibits
The exhibits may include information on the specific contributions, designs or examples of service that demonstrate the extraordinary and notable contributions of the firm. They should include a focus on the firm’s unique programs, recognized and awarded designs, or innovative approaches to design, practice or community service. Separate information or examples that cannot be embedded within the submission document shall not be included.

3. Letters of Support
The firm may provide up to six letters in support of the firm’s exemplary work and achievements. Each letter shall not exceed one page. The authors of these letters shall not be restricted to members of the profession or Institute, although they should have a direct understanding and knowledge of the firm’s contributions. Members serving on the AIA Ohio Board of Directors are permitted to provide letters of support. It is strongly recommended that those providing letters of support do so for only one candidate for the Gold Medal Firm each year. Members of the AIA Ohio Honor Awards Jury may not provide or be solicited for letters of support.

Submission Format

The submissions for the AIA Ohio Gold Medal Firm shall be made by the end of business on the day as determined by AIA Ohio in the Honor Award Call for Entries. Submissions shall be in compliance with the guidelines and requirements as established above and shall meet the following format restrictions:

  • Submissions shall be provided as a single PDF to AIA Ohio using the award software OpenWater.  The size of the PDF document, including any embedded photos, videos, etc. shall not exceed 8 MB.  The candidate is responsible for verifying the document has been submitted online by the deadline.
  • Submissions shall be formatted to demonstrate, in both written and graphic format, the contributions of the firm.  The final format of the PDF may not exceed 11” x 17” (tabloid or “B” size).
  • The submission packet, excluding the five documents required by AIA Ohio, shall not exceed twenty two (22) pages.
  • The Board has the right to waive irregularities in the submissions, provided the irregularities are minor in nature and do not provide the firm with a notable advantage over other submissions.

MENTOR AWARD

2017:

MENTOR AWARD

2018: Sara Boyer, AIA


The 2018 AIA Ohio Mentor Award recipient is Moody Nolan Project Manager Sara Boyer, AIA. Sara advocates for membership and cultural change both inside her firm and in the profession. She is described by Timothy C. Hawk, FAIA as “an architect of high character and great compassion who has advanced the next generation of architects through mentorship programs.”

In addition to Sara’s influence on the local level, she has expanded her sphere of influence at the national level through her participation on the AIA’s National Practice Management Knowledge Committee Advisory Board.

The AIA Ohio Mentor Award recognizes a member who has demonstrated strong leadership, guidance and service in the support of mentorship to fellow professionals or in her/his community.  Awarded by the AIA Ohio Board of Directors, this award recognizes the exemplary contributions and significant accomplishments an individual has made to the profession via mentorship.

The nomination of an individual for this award, shall explain the individual’s impact on the profession via mentorship.  Local component support is highly regarded in consideration of this award.

Eligibility

To be eligible, candidates must have been members of AIA Ohio for at least ten years.  The AIA Ohio Board may choose to award more than one Mentor Award in any year.

Submissions

Each submission shall include the following:

1. Information and Identification Sheet, in a format designated by AIA Ohio (Online Form)
2. A one page letter of nomination from a member of AIA Ohio
3. A one page letter of support from the candidate’s local AIA Ohio component
4. Statement of Compliance with AIA Ohio Unpaid Labor Policy

The nominations may also include the following:

1. A written statement (not to exceed four pages) illustrating the candidate’s impact on the profession through mentorship.  Include a list of individuals whom the candidate has mentored.

2. Letters of Support
The nomination may also include up to four additional letters from individuals whom the candidate has mentored.  Each letter shall not exceed one page.  The authors of these letters shall have a direct understanding and knowledge of the candidate’s contributions to the profession through mentorship.

Submission Format

The submissions for the AIA Ohio Mentor Award shall be made by the end of business on the day as determined by AIA Ohio in the Honor Award Call for Entries. Submissions shall comply with the guidelines and requirements as established above and shall meet the following format restrictions:

  • Submissions shall be provided as a single PDF to AIA Ohio using the award software OpenWater.  The size of the PDF document, including any embedded photos, videos, etc. shall not exceed 8 MB.  The candidate is responsible for verifying the document has been submitted online by the deadline.
  • Submissions shall be formatted to demonstrate, in both written and graphic format, the contributions of the candidate.  The final format of the PDF may not exceed 11” x 17” (tabloid or “B” size).
  • The submission packet, excluding the five documents required by AIA Ohio, shall not exceed eight (8) pages.
  • The Board has the right to waive irregularities in the submissions, provided the irregularities are minor in nature and do not provide the firm with a notable advantage over other submissions.

PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

2018: Terry Welker, FAIA


AIA Ohio is proud to announce Terry Welker, FAIA as the 2018 Public Service Award recipient. Terry has been the Chief Building Official for the City of Kettering since 2000. He believes that in order to change the world we can’t just be physical modifiers, we also have to be social modifiers and become teachers.

Terry’s public service ranges from industry impact through AIA leadership, lectures, juries, and arts advocacy. Join the AIA Ohio Board in thanking Terry for his significant contribution to his community.

The AIA Ohio Public Service Award recognizes a member who has made a significant impact in his/her community, as well as to the profession, through public service.

The nomination of an individual for this award shall explain the individual’s impact on his/her community. The nomination shall list the candidate’s participation in community boards, panels or other community-related activities.  Local component support is highly regarded in consideration of this award.

Eligibility

To be eligible, candidates must have been members of AIA Ohio for at least ten years.  The AIA Ohio Board may choose to award more than one Public Service Award in any year.

Submissions

Each submission shall include the following:

1. Information and Identification Sheet, in a format designated by AIA Ohio (Online Form)
2. A one page letter of nomination from a member of AIA Ohio
3. A one page letter of support from the candidate’s local AIA Ohio component
4. Statement of Compliance with AIA Ohio Unpaid Labor Policy

The nominations may also include the following:

1. A written statement (not to exceed four pages) illustrating how the individual has impacted his/her community.  Include a list of the candidate’s participation in community boards or panels with supporting documentation on how that participation has positively impacted the community.

2. Letters of Support
The candidate may also include up to four additional letters of support that act as documentation in support of the candidate’s public service efforts.  Each letter shall not exceed one page.  The authors of these letters shall not be restricted to members of the profession or Institute, although they should have a direct understanding and knowledge of the candidate’s contributions.  It is highly recommended that those providing letters of support do so for only one candidate for the Public Service Award each year.

Submission Format

The submissions for the AIA Ohio Public Service Award shall be made by the end of business on the day as determined by AIA Ohio in the Honor Award Call for Entries. Submissions shall comply with the guidelines and requirements as established above and shall meet the following format restrictions:

  • Submissions shall be provided as a single PDF to AIA Ohio using the award software OpenWater.  The size of the PDF document, including any embedded photos, videos, etc. shall not exceed 8 MB.  The candidate is responsible for verifying the document has been submitted online by the deadline.
  • Submissions shall be formatted to demonstrate, in both written and graphic format, the contributions of the candidate.  The final format of the PDF may not exceed 11” x 17” (tabloid or “B” size).
  • The submission packet, excluding the five documents required by AIA Ohio, shall not exceed eight (8) pages.
  • The Board has the right to waive irregularities in the submissions, provided the irregularities are minor in nature and do not provide the firm with a notable advantage over other submissions.

History

HONOR AWARD WINNERS

Gold Medal Award History
1970   John Nobal Richards, FAIA
1971   George M. White, FAIA
1972   not awarded
1973   not awarded
1974   Joseph L. Weinber, FAIA & Carl C. Britsch, FAIA
1975   Alexander C. Robinson, III, FAIA, Joseph Tuchman, FAIA & Richard L. Tully, FAIA
1976   Joseph F. Morbito, FAIA
1977   H. Walter Damon, AIA
1978   Carl E. Bentz, FAIA
1979   Roger N. Ryan, FAIA
1980   James J. Foley, FAIA
1981   George F. Roth, Jr., AIA
1982   Charles J. Marr, FAIA
1983   Wallace G. Teare, FAIA
1984   Huber Buehrer, FAIA
1985   Carl A. Strauss, FAIA
1986   E. Keith Haag, FAIA
1987   Harold C. Munger, FAIA
1988   Richard D. Levin, FAIA
1989   Robert C. Gaede, FAIA
1990   Robert E. Gramann, FAIA
1991   A. Notley Alford, FAIA
1992   Gerald S. Hammond, FAIA
1993   Carole J. Olshavsky, FAIA
1994   Phillip T. Markwood, FAIA
1995   John P. Schooley, FAIA
1996   David S. Collins, FAIA
1997   Robert P. Madison, FAIA
1998   James E. Dalton, FAIA
1999   not awarded
2000   Peter Van Dijk, FAIA
2001 Richard Fleischman, FAIA
2002 Frederich K. M. Bohm, FAIA
2003 James T. Fitzgerald, FAIA
2004 Douglas L. Steidl, FAIA
2005 Paul E. Westlake, Jr., FAIA
2006 Robert D. Loversidge, FAIA
2007 Curtis Moody, FAIA
2008 Frank Elmer, FAIA
2009 John C. Senhauser, FAIA
2010 Robert Livsey, FAIA
2011 Hal P. Munger, FAIA
2012 Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA
2013 Gary Balog, FAIA
2014 not awarded
2015 John W. Rogers FAIA, FACHA
2016 Michael Schuster, FAIA
2017 Peter L. Bardwell, FAIA
Gold Medal Firm Award History
1984   Trott & Bean Architects, Columbus, OH
1985   Levin Porter Associates Inc., Dayton, OH
1986   Lorenz & Williams Inc., Dayton, OH
1987   Van Dijk, Johnson & Partners, Cleveland, OH
1988   Richard Fleischman Architects, Inc., Cleveland, OH
1989   Glaser Associates Inc., Cincinnati, OH
1990   Blunden Barclay Associates Architects, Cleveland, OH
1991   Phillip Markwood Architects Inc., Columbus, OH
1992   Chambers & Chambers, Akron, OH
1993   Buchanan Ricciuti & Balog Architects, Youngstown, OH
1994   Robert P. Madison International, Cleveland, OH
1995   Munger Munger + Associates Architects, Toledo, OH
1996   GBBN Architects, Cincinnati, OH
1997   Schooley Caldwell Associates, Columbus, OH
1998   Braun & Steidl Architects Inc., Akron, OH
1999   John C. Senhauser, Architect, Cincinnati, OH
2000   NBBJ, Columbus, OH
2001   Myers Associates Architects, Medina, OH
2002   The Collaborative Inc., Toledo, OH
2003   DesignGroup, Columbus, OH
2004   Karlsberger Companies, Columbus, OH
2005   WSA Studio Inc., Columbus, OH
2006   Moody Nolan, Inc, Columbus, OH
2007   not awarded
2008   not awarded
2009   Bialosky + Partners Architects Inc., Cleveland, OH
2010   Acock Associates Architects, Columbus, OH
2011   MSA Architects, Cincinnati, OH
2012   Robert Maschke Architects, Inc., Cleveland, OH
2013   Bostwick Design Partnership, Cleveland, OH
2014   Kordalski Architects Inc., Cleveland, OH
2015   Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design, Columbus, OH
2016   not awarded
2017   not awarded
MENTOR AWARD HISTORY
2001    Robert Gramann, FAIA and Harold Munger, FAIA
2002    Carl A. Strauss, FAIA and Raymond R. Roush
2003    Robert Dorsey, FAIA
2004    Peter Macrae, AIA
2005    John Schilling, AIA
2006    Robert P. Madison, FAIA
2007    not awarded
2008    Robert Bevilacqua, AIA
2009    James L. Titus, AIA
2010    Lane Beougher, AIA
2011    Bruce Sekanick, AIA
2012    Ed Glowacki, AIA
2013    Douglas Richards, AIA
2014    Marcene Kinney, AIA and Eric O. Pempus, AIA
2015    Jack A. Bialosky Jr., AIA, LEED AP & Kurt Weaver, AIA
2016    Louise Schlatter, AIA
2017    Phil Steinberg, AIA & Jodi van der Wiel, AIA
PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD HISTORY
2001   Norbert Peiker, FAIA
2002   Robert D. Loversidge, Jr., FAIA
2003   Christopher Ewald, AIA
2004   Lane Beougher, AIA
2005   Steven Shinn, AIA
2006   Craig A. Stough, AIA
2007   not awarded
2008   Robert Seyfang, AIA
2009   Jud Kline, FAIA
2010   Michael Christoff, Assoc. AIA and Bradley Fink
2011   Paul Muller, AIA
2012   Paul Hollenbeck, AIA
2013   Eric O. Pempus, AIA
2014   James Gibans, FAIA
2015   Chas Schreckenberger, AIA
2016   Jack Bialosky, Jr., AIA
2017   David Cook, AIA