KCAD Awards First AIA Henry Adams Medal

Andrew Dancer

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KCAD Awards First AIA Henry Adams Medal

The newly accredited NAAB Master of Architecture (MArch) degree program at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University has awarded their first AIA Henry Adams Medal to Andrew Dancer in recognition of extraordinary academic achievement.  Dancer was also chosen to give the annual 2020 KCAD Commencement Graduate Address.

For more than a century, the AIA has provided a medal of excellence to the top graduating students in National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) or Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) accredited degrees, Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture, or Doctor of Architecture. The award is named in honor of Henry Adams (1838-1918), a historian, author, and scholar who donated his book, Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres, and eventually the royalties from his book, to the AIA.

“Over the course of my time at KCAD I have been able to expand and translate concepts from my undergraduate degree into a new field. From Human Centered Design to Architecture, the importance of a critical understanding of historical and contemporary context have become imperative to my design process. KCAD has allowed me to work in conjunction with community stakeholders and local professionals to ensure my work translates from the educational realm to the professional.” – Drew Dancer

Dancer has been a very active member of the KCAD AIAS Chapter, and most recently served as President of the local KCAD AIAS Chapter.  He has also served as a valuable liaison between KCAD AIAS and the AIA Grand Rapids Chapter.  Following graduation, Drew plans to join a design-forward firm and continue working towards becoming a licensed architect.  Please join the AIAGR Board of Directors in Congratulating Drew on this honor and his achievements.  Drew will be formally recognized and honored at the upcoming AIA Grand Rapids Honor Awards Celebration currently scheduled for October 29, 2020.

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Andrew Dancer

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