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Don Brown, FAIA, from AIA Montgomery, was elected 2013-14 AIA vice president. A past AIA National board member, Brown served as the Gulf States regional director from 2009-2011, and was also the past chair of ArchiPac. He is a Richard Upjohn Fellow of the AIA, and served on the AIA Board Advocacy Committee from 2007-2011. He was also president of the Alabama Council AIA in 2003.
Brown, a regional firm owner for more than 30 years, has had public and private commissions throughout the South. His firm, Brown Studio Architecture, has tackled projects such as downtown and riverfront redevelopment in Montgomery and a historic restoration of the original Tuskegee Airman Flying Field.
“I believe the AIA is our path to new opportunities as architects and as a profession,” said Brown. “Our success requires a clear vision of what our members want and need, and a plan to translate that vision into action at every level of the Institute, from grassroots to Washington. We must elevate the voice of architects, advocate the interests of our members, connect members to knowledge, and each other. In a more complex world, the AIA must make our knowledge base more current, relevant, inspirational, easily accessible, and shared.”
Brown’s education includes art history at Williams College and the Auburn University School of Architecture, where he has also served as an assistant professor and chaired the Architecture School’s advisory council. He has served as chair of the Montgomery Historic Development Commission, the Alabama Architectural Foundation, and the Alabama Council on the Arts and Humanities.