Bob Berkebile honored with 2022 Edward C. Kemper Award

WASHINGTON - March 29, 2022 – The Board of Directors and the Strategic Council of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are honoring Bob Berkebile, FAIA, with the 2022 Edward C. Kemper Award.

The Edward C. Kemper Award, named in honor of the AIA’s first executive director, is given annually to an architect who has contributed significantly to the profession through service to the AIA.

Berkebile is a founding partner of Kansas City based BNIM and the recipient of the 2011 AIA Architecture Firm Award. Berkebile was also the founding chair of the AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE), which has advanced sustainability to the forefront of design. His work was integral in the development of COTE’s Environmental Resource Guide and its Top Ten program, both of which have broadened the committee’s vital reach and impact. Berkebile was also instrumental in the formation of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and promoted the pursuit of sustainability at all levels of the profession, from design to operations. Its establishment spurred a number of important advancements, including the LEED rating system, piloted by BNIM.

In support of environmental research and design, Berkebile has long sought to engage communities across the world. He has worked with communities in post-disaster situations in the American South to enact transformational change. His focus on community and environmental resilience continues today, manifesting in initiatives such as the Regenerative Heartland Partnership. A collaboration between three nature- and agriculture-focused organizations, the partnership seeks to radically alter land management and the food system to transfer carbon from the atmosphere to the soil.

Visit AIA’s website to learn more about Berkebile’s selection as the 2022 Edward C. Kemper Award recipient.

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