Alongside the release of this year's Gold Medal and firm award winners, the American Institute of Architects has named recipients of three other national awards: Edward C. Kemper Award, Topaz Medallion, and Whitney M. Young Jr. Award.
Honored for being a "tireless advocate for social justice and diversity within architecture," R. Steven Lewis, AIA, has been selected to receive the 2016 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award. "Steve enlightened a generation of architects on the importance of knowing the history of those who came before them. He built bridges that they crossed," Purnell wrote in support of Lewis's nomination for the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award. "He has mentored minority architects through his brilliant leadership by example.”
Douglas S. Kelbaugh, FAIA Emeritus, has been selected as the 2016 Topaz Medallion recipient for being "the quintessential teaching architect who has, over the course of four decades, achieved estimable success in teaching, practice and writing, which he has ably woven together to shape a generation’s thinking about the environmental aspects of architecture."
Known for his "significant" contribution to the profession through service, Terrance J. Brown, FAIA, has been nominated to receive the Edward C. Kemper Award for "putting his architectural and leadership skills to work helping people be safe, recover and rebuild." According to the AIA, "Over the course of many catastrophes in four decades, Brown has personally trained more than 1,000 U.S. and Canadian architects in ways to mitigate and recover from earthquakes, tornadoes, terrorist attacks and other disasters."