Heather Baugus Koury, Hon. AIA

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During her 10-year tenure as executive director of AIA Memphis, Heather has truly been the face of architecture for West Tennessee. Her energy, imagination, and skills have elevated the awareness of design and the practice of architecture. She has significantly enhanced the chapter’s programming and its involvement in community outreach programs, including the Distinguished Architects of the World speakers series, the Discovering Architecture summer day camp for high school students, and the Junior Girl Scout Architecture Badge Camp. In addition, under her leadership, education grants to the chapter have increased by some 500%.

Building on the AIA150 national initiative to encourage communities to focus on legacy projects, Heather shepherded a number of projects that continue to have a regional and national impact: the Memphis Regional Design Center, the Paul R. Williams Project, and ArchiTree, an interactive genealogy of the Memphis architectural community. She is currently working to establish a Memphis-based design alliance, complete a retrospective on the architectural history of Memphis, and create a bike tour of the city’s significant architecture and historic neighborhoods.

Heather has worked to counteract the perception that professional associations exist only for the profession they serve. Her leadership has brought together allied industry associations to work on joint programs and foster a collective dialogue on community and state legislative issues. For these and many other efforts, she was the 2012 recipient of the AIA Component Executive Leadership Award.

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Heather’s efforts have made an amazing difference in AIA Memphis. She has expanded, enriched, and transformed the perception of and experience with architecture, the profession, and the Institute.

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