AIA announces Thomas Jefferson Award Winners

The American Insitute of Architects have announced the 2014 Thomas Jefferson Awards recipients, honoring three individuals who have contributed to architecture for the public sector. This year's recipients will be honored at the 2014 AIA National Convention  in Chicago.

James Logan Abell, FAIA, was honored in Category One for his contextual approach to bringing historic preservation and adaptive reuse to communities in need in Phoenix, Arizona. Abell has influenced public architecture such as schools, historic preservation initiatives, and housing for people transitioning out of homelessness. Nationally, he has crafted civic forums that bring together a wide variety of stakeholders in communities across the U.S. to articulate a vision for the future.

Carole J. Olshavsky, FAIA, was honored in Category Two for her commitment to outstanding civic and educational architecture throughout Ohio. Appointed state architect in 1985, she oversaw approximately $1.5 billion in design and construction projects in her 3-year tenure. She was also instrumental in creating a qualifications-based selection system for design and construction services which was enacted into law, ensuring that public clients wouldn't be tempted to select bids primarily because they were the cheapest option.

Robert G. Shibley, FAIA, was honored in Category Three for his for urban planning and scholarship that have shaped the fortunes of the western New York region. In his 41 years of public service in federal, state, university, and municipal venues, he furthered the public's awareness of design excellence in public architecture. In 1990 he founded the Urban Design Project (UDP), and for 23 years has led the group in re-envisioning downtown Buffalo. He currently serves as campus architect for the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, creating a long-term strategic plan for the school, and is a prolific lecturing scholar.