Sekanick, FAIA, selected as AIA Ohio 2018 Gold Medal recipient

Sekanick introducing candidate speeches at 2018 Grassroots in Dan Diego, CA

Sekanick introducing candidates at the 2018 Grassroots in San Diego, CA

American Institute of Architects, Eastern Ohio

AIA Eastern Ohio member Bruce Sekanick, FAIA, OAA, who is currently serving as the national 2017-2018 AIA  Institute Secretary, was recently selected by the AIA Ohio Board of Directors as the 2018 recipient of the AIA Ohio Gold Medal.  The Gold Medal is the highest honor that AIA Ohio can bestow on a member. The Board confers this award, recognizing the exemplary contributions and significant accomplishments of AIA Ohio members. Sekanick was selected based on his strong, outstanding contributions to the AIA through leadership, service and mentorship.  Sekanick is secretary|treasurer of Phillips|Sekanick Architects, inc. in Warren, Ohio and also serves as secretary of Youngstown, Ohio based AXIOM Architects, LLC.  He is a graduate of the Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

Sekanick, the 1995 President of AIA Eastern Ohio, and the 2010 President of AIA Ohio, has served the AIA in a wide variety of leadership roles. Selected as Regional Director for the AIA National Board from the Ohio Valley Region in 2012, he served as a representative for two years while being actively engaged in the restructuring of AIA’s governance system. In 2015, Sekanick became an inaugural member of the AIA Strategic Council, serving on the Steering Committee of the Council while also chairing the AIA National Strategic Plan Task Group. The task group produced the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, the organizational roadmap currently in use by the AIA

Sekanick, a long standing member of the AIA Board Advocacy Committee and the AIA Government Advocacy Committee, was selected in 2014 as the 2015-2016 Chair of the AIA Political Action Committee, ArchiPAC.  He previously chaired the AIA Ohio Architects PAC.

Having gained a complete understanding of the structure of the organization, Sekanick was nominated as a candidate in 2016 for the position of Institute Secretary, and was elected by member delegates at the AIA National Convention in Philadelphia.  He is the first member of AIA Eastern Ohio to serve as a national officer.  He currently chairs the AIA Secretary’s Advisory Committee and is overseeing the reformatting of the organization’s public policy and position statements.  In 2017, he was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows.  Less than 3 percent of all members are elevated to Fellowship.   Sekanick continues to serve Ohio members as the President of the AIA Ohio Foundation, based in Columbus, OH.  

Sekanick will be recognized at the AIA Ohio Convention to be held later this year in Toledo, OH.

In her letter of support for Sekanick, Chicago based Architect Korey D. White, AIA states “Bruce uses his influence and success to guide the Institute and to engage leaders who will come after him to guarantee that we are an organization dedicated to architects and the future of the profession.” Charles Schreckenberger, FAIA of the firm Braun & Steidl Architects/Prime AE of Akron noted “Over the last quarter century, Bruce has found the energy and the motivation to advance the profession," adding, "few people can compare when the amount of time given, talent shared or accomplishments provided, are examined."

Sekanick is the 48th recipient of this award and the second from the Eastern Ohio Chapter.  Chartered in 1949, AIA Ohio, with more than 2,100 members within its seven local chapters, is a component of the American Institute of Architects, based in Washington, DC.  The AIA has more than 91,000 members throughout the United States and in its seven international chapters.  

AIA Ohio also selected recipients for the 2018 Gold Medal Firm, Mentor and Public Service Awards.  The Gold Medal Firm Award will be presented to the Cleveland firm City Architecture. The Mentor Award will be presented to Sara Boyer AIA of the Columbus office of Moody Nolan Architects, and the Public Service Award will be presented to Terry Welker, FAIA, Chief Building Official for the City of Kettering, OH.

Contact:

Kate M. Brunswick, CAE, Hon. AIA

Executive Director, AIA Ohio

(614) 221-0338

kate@assnoffices.com

(OAA Indicates a member of the Ontario Institute of Architects)

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Sekanick introducing candidate speeches at 2018 Grassroots in Dan Diego, CA

Kate Brunswick, CAE, Hon. AIA

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