2016 Honor Awards

Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Honor of Llewellyn W. Pitts FAIA

Sinclair Black, FAIA, Austin

Professor Sinclair Black’s career in professional practice and architectural education demonstrates a lifetime of courageous accomplishment in urban planning and the built environment. He is the educator of generations of architects and planners and has produced publications, learned articles, and lectures in support of AIA and the profession. His career has included significant advancement of standards for urban public spaces and innovative master planning. Black has been a visionary in advocating for the importance of natural environments within Austin’s urban core, and in the revitalization of the city’s downtown streetscapes. His work supports the Texan cultural heritage, and his contributions have left the state richer in its urban fabric.

Architecture Firm Award

Miró Rivera Architects, Austin

Miró Rivera Architects has established an international reputation for excellence in architectural design and leadership in its professional practice. The firm’s principals and staff have made significant contributions to architectural and planning higher education. They also encourage connections between AIA and academia, and generously serve as jurors for component and school of architecture design competitions. Miró Rivera’s design work has advanced the quality of the built environment and raised the bar for AIA and the professional practice.

Award for Community Service in Honor of James D. Pfluger FAIA

Paul Dennehy, AIA, Fort Worth

The Honors Awards jury commends Paul Dennehy for going beyond the role of service to the profession through TxA and AIA Fort Worth to serve the greater community. A 13-year involvement with the Berry Street Initiative is just one of multiple examples of Dennehy’s volunteer efforts that have brought revitalization and livability to key areas of Fort Worth. His service to a myriad of organizations, including the Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department and UT Arlington College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, more than warrants recognition through this award.

Award for Young Professional Achievement in Honor of William W. Caudill FAIA

Jennifer Workman, AIA, Dallas

Jennifer Workman is a dedicated young professional who has shown strong leadership abilities through her involvement with AIA at the national, state, and local levels, through community involvement with diverse groups such as the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and the Real Estate Council, and through mentorship within her firm, GFF. She exemplifies the voice of a strong emerging talent dedicated to the profession.

Associate Member of the Year

R. Wilson Hanks, Assoc. AIA, Austin

Wilson Hanks is visionary leader who is sharing her time, talent, and passion to help transform her community through leadership in AIA Austin and TxA. She has energized and expanded the AIA Austin Emerging Professionals Committee, connected the committee to the larger design community through work with local craftspeople and suppliers, and helped shape future TxA conventions, all while starting her own firm. She is an exceptional associate member. 

Mentorship Award

AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture Network

AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture (LiA) Network is a vibrant program providing mentorship to Hispanic/Latino emerging professionals. The program’s commitment to professional development is demonstrated through the broad range of opportunities it provides for EPs to get involved, including volunteer work with area schools and outreach events in the community. The result is a program which will no doubt bear the fruits of heightened diversity within the EP ranks of AIA Dallas, while empowering Latino students in the community to embark on a career in architecture.

Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Architecture through the Media in Honor of John G. Flowers Hon. AIA

The Building Arts Group, San Antonio

Through the book “The Building Arts of South Texas” and its companion website, www.buildingartsgroup.com, The Building Arts Group is doing an important work by preserving the stories of the artisans and families who are themselves working to preserve major architectural landmarks. This resource, intended for the general public as well as academia and the profession, fosters an appreciation for historic buildings and the role of craft in architecture.

Citation of Honor

Downtown Dallas Inc.

This organization has had a significant impact on the quality of life in Downtown Dallas. It has been instrumental in energizing the livability of the heart of the city, and serves as a great example of a public-private partnership improving the public realm.

Honorary Membership

Nancy A. Nasher & David J. Haemisegger

Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger have selflessly supported the profession for decades by working with renowned architects such as Renzo Piano and Rafael Viñoly to create world-class art museums in Texas and beyond, including at various universities, and by continually providing opportunities for the public to engage with art and architecture. 

Linda Owen, Dallas
During her decade-long involvement with the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, Linda Owen provided key leadership in the development of Klyde Warren Park — a 5.2-acre public park spanning a freeway to link Downtown Dallas with Uptown. This dynamic project has transformed the city’s central core into a vibrant urban environment and is a lasting testament to Owen’s commitment to making Dallas a great city.

25-Year Award 

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Austin

The LBJ Presidential Library, located on the east campus of The University of Texas at Austin, is an icon of modern architecture designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Completed in 1971, the LBJ Library embodies and expresses what a presidential library should be on both a functional and symbolic level. Bunshaft’s strikingly simple yet innovative approach to the library’s design created a monument to Johnson, his legacy, and the era of architecture during which it was built.