AIA Announces Recipients of Three Key Awards

The board of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named recipients of three prestigious annual awards. Harrison Fraker, Assoc. AIA, is the 2014 recipient of the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, awarded by AIA in collaboration with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). The medallion honors an individual who has been intensely involved in architecture education for more than a decade and whose teaching has influenced a broad range of students.

Fraker, a professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, has made significant contributions to the study and implementation of environmentally responsible buildings. After graduating with an MFA in architecture from Princeton University, he became a studio lecturer at his alma mater. Four years later, he and his engineering colleagues founded the Center for Environmental Studies to study how buildings interact with the environment.

In 1973, he started Harrison Fraker Architects, focused on designing sustainable buildings (including more than a dozen passive solar houses), and Princeton Energy Group (PEG), which applied research and provided energy design assistance to other architects. Throughout the mid-1970s and early 1980s, Fraker taught energy design courses at Carnegie Mellon University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Pennsylvania. He also collaborated with architecture professor Don Prowler to guide 11 schools of architecture in the development of curriculum addressing energy-conserving, climate-responsive design.

In 1984, he headed up the architecture school at the University of Minnesota. By 1996, he had joined UC Berkeley as dean of its College of Environmental Design, where he raised more than $30 million in endowments during his 12-year tenure. He currently serves as chair of the UC Berkeley Energy and Resources Group.

Ivenue Love-Stanley, FAIA, received the 2014 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, which recognizes individuals who exemplify architecture's social mandate. Love-Stanley has dedicated her career to introducing design to underserved communities and making education accessible to all. As the first African-American woman to graduate from the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech and the first one to become a licensed architect in the Southeast, she co-founded Stanley, Love-Stanley with her husband, William Stanley, FAIA. He won the Whitney Young Award in 1995.

Love-Stanley has served on Atlanta's City Zoning Review Board, where she promoted inner-city redevelopment and urban-neighborhood revitalization. She has contributed her skills and service to the Sweet Auburn Avenue project, part of the revitalization of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic District in Atlanta; the Youth Art Connection; and the "Celebrate Africa" exhibit during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. In addition, she helped make connections between the AIA and the National Organization of Minority Architects, and she continues to support the organizations' student mentoring programs.

Finally, the 2014 Edward C. Kemper Award recognizes Fredric "Rick" Bell, FAIA, for his significant contributions to the profession and the AIA, as well as his commitment to sustainable design and public health. Bell double majored in architecture and art history at Yale, followed up with an M.Arch degree from Columbia University. Soon after, he went to work for Warner Burns Toan and Lunde.

By 1993, he had joined the New York City Department of Design and Construction. There, as architect and assistant commissioner, he oversaw about 700 projects and led a collaborative effort to produce the first set of universal design guidelines for New York. As executive director of the AIA New York chapter, he provided support to members who had been affected by the September 11 attacks (and did so again after Superstorm Sandy in 2012). Bell also helped establish AIA New York's storefront Center for Architecture, which has served as a model for similar centers around the U.S.

Among his other accomplishments, Bell initiated FitCity, a program that merges architecture and public health by encouraging more physical activity in daily life. Additionally, he has written more than 150 columns for AIA New York's Oculus and eOculus, as well as contributed chapters to books about global design.