AIA Announces 2018 Whitney M. Young Jr. and Edward C. Kemper Award Winners

Lenore M. Lucey and Tamara Eagle Bull. Images courtesy AIA/Encompass Architects.

The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Board of Directors and Strategic has announced the winners of this year’s Whitney M. Young Jr. and Edward C. Kemper Awards. The first Native American woman to become a licensed architect, Tamara Eagle Bull, FAIA, has been named the winner of the 2018 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, which honors architects or organizations that champion an array of social issues. Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA, has won the 2018 Edward C. Kemper Award, which honors architects who have made significant contributions the profession through service to the AIA.

A member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, Eagle Bull holds 30 years of industry experience with her Lincoln, Nebraska-based firm Encompass Architects, which has led reshaping the urban fabric of its hometown. Eagle Bull’s signature variation of culturally relevant and responsible contemporary architecture is evident in major projects like the Gila River Indian Community Governance Center in Sacaton, Arizona. She has also led the design for three concepts for the Oglala Sioux Tribe in order to establish a memorial at the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre. A graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, Eagle Bull is a member of the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers, and played an instrumental role in developing a memorandum of understanding with the National Organization of Minority Architects.

Formerly the executive director of AIA New York, Lucey is a leader of the AIA College of Fellows Executive Committee and a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards executive. Over the course of a career dedicated to advancing the profession, Lucey has also served on the Citibank B-77 Task Force, which saw the reshaping of personal banking in the 1970s. She also upgraded the American Broadcasting Companies (ABC) design character with two renowned Kohn Pedersen Fox buildings as well as the restoration of an iconic factory building for ABC Radio. Lucey’s leadership with the College of Fellows also led to the deployment of the AIA’s Latrobe Prize.

Both Bull and Lucey will be formally recognized during the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018.