december 15, 2006
  NOMA Receives Whitney Young Jr. Award
The AIA Board of Directors on December 7 selected the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) as the recipient of the 2007 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, given to an architect or organization that exemplifies the profession’s responsibility to society. The award honors the contributions of Whitney Young Jr., outspoken civil rights activist and head of the Urban League from 1961 until his death in 1971.

Vosbeck Honored with Kemper Award for Service to the AIA
The AIA Board of Directors on December 7 elected R. Randall Vosbeck, FAIA, former president of the Institute and principal of Vosbeck, Vosbeck, Kendrick & Redinger, as the 2007 recipient of the Edward C. Kemper Award. Named in honor of the AIA’s first executive director, the award recognizes individuals who contribute significantly to the profession of architecture through service to the Institute. In nominating Vosbeck for the award, AIA President-elect Marshall E. Purnell, FAIA, wrote, “I have not met anyone with more passion for service to the profession. Randy has been in active service to the AIA here and abroad for 25 years after serving as AIA President. He continues to inspire my commitment to the importance of giving back.”

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Receives Twenty-five Year Award
Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., was selected by the AIA Committee on Design to receive the 2007 Twenty-five Year Award, honoring structures of enduring significance completed 25 to 35 years ago. Officially opened to the public in 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is Lin’s most recognized structure. The AIA campaigned successfully to support construction of Lin’s powerfully evocative yet elegantly simple design and, in 1984, awarded the project an AIA Honor Award for Architecture.

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