The American Institute of Architects has announced the 2017 inductees to its prestigious College of Fellows. The honor is conferred for significant contributions to the profession and to society; it is a distinction held by only about three percent of AIA members nationwide. Congratulations to the following TxA members on their elevation to AIA Fellowship.
Anthony Alofsin, FAIA
An architect, architectural historian, and educator, Anthony Alofsin has transformed the profession's understanding of Frank Lloyd Wright, expanded the history of modern architecture, and advanced themes of modernism from Central Europe to American design education. His books include "When Buildings Speak," "The Struggle for Modernism," and the upcoming "Ingenious Giant: Frank Lloyd Wright in New York." Alofsin is also a professor at UTSOA and founder of the school's PhD program.
Marcia Ascanio, FAIA
Marcia Ascanio, an associate principle at HKS, has raised the bar for the industry through her leadership in delivering unparalleled technical proficiency, setting high standards in quality management and technical education, and developing emerging architects through instrumental mentorships worldwide. Ascanio is a guest professor at UT Arlington and a noted expert on building envelope cladding systems and vegetative roofs.
Tom Bacon, FAIA
Tom Bacon is leading Houston's transformation into a new global model for urban connectivity, green spaces, and unprecedented investment in quality of life. He is the force behind the city's Bayou Greenways 2020 initiative, focused on providing access to 3,000 acres of new, equitably distributed green spaces and 150 miles of continuous all-weather hike and bike trails. Bacon has led HPB with discipline in communicating, reporting, and transparency, establishing the board as a national model.
Bob Borson, FAIA
Bob Borson is a gifted storyteller who has used the experiences acquired over his 25-year career to create the “Life of an Architect” blog, the most-trafficked non-commercial architectural website in the world. The site’s success is due to its first-person narrative, which creates a sense of intimacy and insight into the profession. Borson’s use of digital media has changed the paradigm for architectural advocacy and fostered an honest, perceptive, and relatable conversation about architecture that engages people all over the globe.
Steven F. Curry, FAIA
Steven Curry has secured the preservation of endangered mid-century modern architecture by engaging the public and the design community through collaborative alliances, education, and advocacy to shed light on the significance of this unique cultural heritage. Curry is a four-term president of Houston Mod whose leadership and innovative partnerships have defined the organization as an influential voice in local, regional, and national dialogues, and established Houston as a vital part of the national preservation conversation.
Debra Dockery, FAIA
A persistent and untiring champion of the business of architecture, Debra Dockery has written, improved, or advocated for every major legislative and regulatory initiative affecting Texas’ more than 8,500 registered architects in the past decade. Dockery is a long-time member of TxA's Government Affairs Steering Committee and chaired the organizing of the first Advocates for Architecture Day. She has also served on the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners since 2011 and was named chair in 2016, making her the first woman to serve in that role. In addition, she is recognized for her work in mentoring emerging professionals in practice management and entrepreneurship.
John M. Hutchings, FAIA
John Hutchings, a principal at HKS, has created one of the world’s most acclaimed sports practices, delivering architecturally and environmentally significant multi-use facilities designed to be regionally appropriate and to revitalize cities, globally. His firm's Sports & Entertainment practice is ranked as the world’s third largest sports practice by BD World Architecture’s Top 100, and second in the United States among Building Design+Construction magazine’s “Sports Facility Giants” in 2016.
Luis Jauregui, FAIA
Luis Jauregui has elevated the standing of custom residential architects and established a powerful national network for this under-represented constituency to make connections, strengthen their firms, share best practices, and highlight the value of their work. Jauregui established one of the first architect-led, fully integrated design-build companies in Texas and was a founding member of the AIA Knowledge Communities' Custom Residential Architects Network.
Lisa Lamkin, FAIA
Lisa Lamkin is recognized for creating educational environments that transform communities and shape lives. Through practice, leadership, and knowledge sharing, she has demonstrated the capacity of architecture and architects to positively impact social infrastructure. Lamkin has two decades of involvement with AIA Dallas, has served as chair of the AIA National Project Delivery Knowledge Community, and has led both local and regional chapters of the Association for Learning Environments.
Michael Malone, FAIA
Michael Malone has promoted the advancement of design excellence, strengthened the profession through dynamic leadership, and served as a model and mentor for the next generation. Malone created TxA's first award for lifetime design achievement during his time as president in 2015, was instrumental in launching the first regional design conference in the Southwest, and has for the past 20 years made lasting contributions to the Society's governance, finances, and property. He has also mentored countless students, interns, and young architects during his career, consistently striving to create a culture of inclusiveness, learning, and caring in his firm and in the profession at large.
Marcela Rhoads, FAIA
A passionate advocate for people with disabilities, Marcela Abadi Rhoads empowers, educates, and collaborates with building industry professionals to shape environments free of physical and attitudinal barriers for all. Rhoads creates programs that raise awareness about the challenges that people with disabilities face and how architects can make the built environment better and more inclusive for them. She has written two books about the ADA, publishes a monthly newsletter, and presents to organizations across the country on the topic of barrier-free design.
Shafik I. Rifaat, FAIA
Shafik Rifaat has improved and strengthened the urban form, bridging the gap between architectural education and practice by incorporating his extensive, highly-regarded portfolio of professional work into his teaching as a professor at the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture. Rifaat joined the school in 1974 and was instrumental in the creation of the school's Graduate Program of Urban Design, UH Center for Urban Studies, Environmental Design Center, and study abroad program. Beyond the University of Houston, Rifaat is a regular contributor to the urban form conversation internationally.
Norman D. Ward, FAIA
Norman Ward’s architecture arises from profound clarity of thought and a deep joy of making. His homes are a celebration of craft, creation, art, and life. Inspired by seasonal changes and the movement of sunlight through space, Ward’s work has been recognized by design award juries for its thoughtfulness and attention to context and scale. For Ward, the completion of an inhabited house is only the beginning of another story: the full design conversation is realized as the house experiences the subsequent seasons.