Kosarzycki Receives 2017 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award
Architect Henry A. Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale, has been selected to receive the 2017 "Golden Award" from AIA Wisconsin, the state society of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Golden Award is the highest honor the organization can bestow upon a member architect.
The Golden Award will be formally presented to Kosarzycki on May 17 during the 2017 AIA Wisconsin Conference on Architecture at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. The first Golden Award was conferred by the Wisconsin Society of Architects in 1986. Kosarzycki is the thirtieth Wisconsin architect to receive the award.
Kosarzycki is being recognized for his distinguished leadership and service in advancing the profession of architecture. With a combination of visionary leadership, in-depth technical knowledge and consensus-building skills, he is an effective advocate for increasing the energy efficiency of existing buildings, enhancing the resilience and safety of our communities and improving the quality of health care facilities. An extraordinary volunteer leader, Kosarzycki inspires fellow architects to get involved and make a difference in their communities.
"Humility is a big part of his character and enables him to pull together diverse groups of stakeholders to collaborate on tough issues,” notes AIA Wisconsin president Daryl Dean, AIA, Rhinelander. "Recognizing the primary responsibility of architects is to protect public health, safety and welfare, Henry Kosarzycki has made significant contributions to the profession of architecture and the public it serves.”
“While receiving the Golden Award is an amazing honor, I am truly grateful to all the mentors who played such an important role in bringing me to this point in my career,” comments Kosarzycki. “Moments like this are not possible without the support and encouragement of others willing to share their knowledge and professional experiences to help you along your career path.”
Kosarzycki is the director of the office of plan review and inspection with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Quality Assurance. He previously was a program manager with the Department of Commerce, Division of Safety and Buildings, and a project architect with several architecture firms in the Milwaukee area. He also has served as an instructor with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Engineering Professional Development, and is a member of the village of Greendale Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Building Committee.
Last year, Kosarzycki completed his service on the national AIA Board of Directors and AIA Strategic Council, helping to guide the largest organization of architects with 90,000 members around the world. He previously served as the chair of the national AIA Codes and Standards Committee and a member of the Committee on Leadership Education. He also has contributed as a member of three AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Teams for communities in Washington, Kansas and Ohio. For the International Association for Healthcare Safety and Security, he recently helped develop design and renovation guidelines for healthcare facilities. Kosarzycki remains an active volunteer leader of the National Institute of Building Sciences and the International Code Council.
In Wisconsin, Kosarzycki encourages emerging professionals to becoming licensed as architects and promotes the value that architects add to building projects. He is a strong advocate for architects taking on leadership roles in their communities. As the president of AIA Wisconsin in 2012, Kosarzycki hosted roundtable discussions around the state with owners of architecture firms. These sessions provided the opportunity for leaders of Wisconsin’s architecture profession to look ahead and explore what was coming next for the design and construction industry. In 2013, Kosarzycki gathered a diverse group of professionals to develop innovative educational programs demonstrating how architects could assist owners of existing buildings significantly reduce energy costs through deep energy retrofits.
With over 1,400 members, AIA Wisconsin represents architects in private practice, business, industry, government and education. Founded in 1911, it is the state society of the American Institute of Architects.
For information contact: William Babcock, Hon. AIA (608) 257-8477; Daryl Dean, AIA (715) 493-9034; Henry Kosarzycki, AIA (414) 750-0459