The Friend of Architecture Award is bestowed on an individual or organization that has demonstrated significant support to architecture, but is not a practitioner or architectural firm. Nomination shall be made by any AIA East Tennessee member with a minimum of 2 additional supporting signatures from members, not including employees, co-workers or staff of the nominee.
The Board evaluates candidates based on how well they meet this criterion.
Nomination shall be submitted as a single PDF file, addressed the Board President, Dianna Osickey, explaining the nomination.
Nominations are due by March 6, 2020, and shall be considered by the AIA Board of East Tennessee at the March Board meeting. Submissions shall be reviewed individually, and discussed as a group. Each Board Member shall receive one vote. A super majority of two thirds will be required for successful award.
This honor is based on merit, there is no expectation that it is granted every year.
Previous AIA East Tennessee Friend of Architecture Award recipients have been:
2019 David Dewhirst; Dewhirst Development/Dewhirst Properties
2018 Suzanne Wedekind; Knox County Schools Art Teacher (retired)
2017 Jack Neely; Knoxville History Project
2015 Ann Bennett; East Tennessee Community Design Center and University of Tennessee
2014 Madeline Rogero; Mayor, City of Knoxville
2012 Kim Trent; Knox Heritage Executive Director
2011 Joe Johnson; President Emeritus, University of Tennessee