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2013 AIA Honorary Membership

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Honorary membership is one of the highest honors that The American Institute of Architects can bestow upon a person outside the profession of architecture. Election to honorary membership may be granted to any person of esteemed character who is otherwise ineligible for membership in the Institute but who has rendered distinguished service to the profession of architecture or to the arts and sciences allied therewith. Membership is granted only if the accomplishments of the nominee are truly outstanding and of national significance. View all 2013 AIA Awards Recipients.

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Esley Hamilton, Hon. AIA

Esley Hamilton, Hon. AIA

“Historian, preservationist, critic, the Answer Man, irreplaceable, tenacious, a force to be reckoned with, a bridge between the profession and the public, and a St. Louis treasure” are but a few of the ways people have described Esley Hamilton. Simply put, Hamilton is the most knowledgeable and admired figure in historic preservation in St. Louis and well beyond.

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Dr. Richard Jackson, Hon. AIA

Dr. Richard Jackson, Hon. AIA

Few individuals have done more than Richard Jackson to establish and advocate for the important connection between design and public health. Through his extensive research, numerous publications, public lectures, and television programs, he has tied the design of communities and buildings to solving this country’s significant public health problems.

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Heather Baugus Koury, Hon. AIA

Heather Baugus Koury, Hon. AIA

Her prolific tenure as executive director of AIA Memphis, a small, single-staffed chapter, has been marked by collaborative partnerships with city government leaders, educators, other nonprofits, her members, and the public. She is a tireless advocate for her chapter, the city of Memphis, the profession of architecture, and the advancement of architectural literacy in civic life.

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Jonathan F.P. Rose, Hon. AIA

Jonathan F.P. Rose, Hon. AIA

Jonathan Rose is founder and CEO of Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multidisciplinary real estate and development firm that set a national benchmark for high quality, sustainable, affordable projects. His Via Verde project in the South Bronx, initiated by AIANY as an AIA Sesquicentennial Legacy project, has set a new example of how the role of design is enhanced by the creative collaboration of an innovative developer dedicated to repairing the fabric of our neighborhoods.

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Nicola Solomons, Hon. AIA

Nicola Solomons, Hon. AIA

Nicci Solomons has served as executive director of AIA Los Angeles for the past 16 years. During that time, her quietly determined leadership has resulted in nearly doubled membership; a passionate, dedicated, and actively engaged staff; and a chapter that is consistently recognized as one of the top AIA components in the nation.

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Jay A. Stephens, Hon. AIA

Jay A. Stephens, Hon. AIA

From his first days 12 years ago as the AIA’s general counsel, Jay began to make distinctive, extraordinary contributions to the profession of architecture and its various institutions. It is a measure of his character, strengths, and reach that, today, his views and advice are sought by staff at every level of the Institute, by architects from all walks of professional life, by association executives throughout the United States, and by staff and members of many allied organizations.

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Wayne W. Wood, Hon. AIA

Wayne W. Wood, Hon. AIA

It is not hyperbole to say that Dr. Wayne Wood’s contributions to increasing the public’s awareness of the civic value of architecture are almost too numerous to mention. As the founder of Riverside Avondale Preservation Inc., the oldest and largest neighborhood preservation organization in the South, he is the undisputed leader of historic preservation efforts in Jacksonville, Florida.

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