The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named the winners of the 2014 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement, which recognizes allied professionals, clients, organizations, architecture teams, and knowledge communities who have influenced or advanced the architecture profession. The winners are:
ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc.
For more than 15 years the national mentoring program has been working with high school students to raise the awareness of careers in fields related to key sectors of the design and construction industry. It brings together more than 5,000 mentors in architecture, engineering, construction management, and real estate development sectors. The national program operates in 200 cities spread across 35 states, and has established itself as a leading career development program,
National Building Museum
The National Building Museum has contributed to the advancement of architecture with its variety of exhibits and programs that reach both novices and professionals. Since it opened in 1985, the museum has presented more than 200 exhibitions, lecture series, festivals, and education programs.
Spearheaded by AIA New York's Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee, the initiative is a collaborative effort of many disciplines working toward the advancement of resilient architecture and urban design in New York City’s waterfront communities. A variety of organizations share and compile best practices, and further a conversation about resiliency and sustainability.
Rick Smith has been an essential collaborator on landmark projects by leading architects, contributing his technical expertise and computer-aided design to projects. Hailed for paving the way for a dramatic transformation in the practice of the profession, Smith has worked with architect Frank Gehry on gravity-defying projects such as the Guggenheim Bilbao and Walt Disney Concert Hall, and with contractors and fabricators to bring these designs to life.