2015 AIA Indiana Service Award Winners

2015 AIA Indiana Service Awards Jury

  • Barbara Quandt - National Federation of Independent Business Indiana State Director
  • Denny Costerison - Indiana Association of School Business Officials Executive Director
  • Justin Ferguson, AIA - Ball State University CAP Indianapolis Center Director, Academic Advisor, MUD Program

John HawkinsEdward D. Pierre Award
John Hawkins, AIA

Presented annually it is named in honor of Edward D. Pierre, FAIA (1890-1977). He was a crusader for the welfare of children, decent housing for all, peace and progressive urban planning. Mr. Pierre was recognized repeatedly for his outstanding service to the architectural profession and the public. To honor his service, this award is presented for advocacy for architecture as a civic and community leader as well as service to the profession and to the public. This year's winner of the Edward D. Pierre Award is John Hawkins, AIA.

John Hawkins, AIA has been a true and steady advocate on behalf of his profession which has benefitted the public in countless ways. Among his many achievements and accomplishments, John has served on his local Historic District Review Board, created the first website for the Indiana Architectural Foundation and served as the Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President and President during his term on the Foundation. He has served on the AIA Indiana Legislative Committee, and was part of the AIA Indiana Tornado Safety Task Force. Nationally, he has served on the TCA Model Specification Committee, and has been a Grassroots member of the AIA Codes & Standards Committee.

His firm, Kovert Hawkins Architects in Jeffersonville, IN, has established two funds at Ball State University, one a scholarship fund for architectural students, and the other a fund to support architecture professors developing hands-on learning experiences for students. He has received a number of local design and business awards, and received an Outstanding Alumni Award for the College of Architecture at Ball State University, where he has guest lectured a number of times.

These accomplishments are impressive but his most significant impact on the profession and public is the pivotal role he has played in public safety for the state as a member of the Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission.

In 2005, the Indiana legislature re-organized the Division of Fire and Building Safety under the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. They disbanded the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission, and re-formed a new, smaller Commission. Unlike the previous Commission with 19 members who had designated constituencies, the new, streamlined Commission was established with eleven members, nine of whom are “at-large” gubernatorial appointments. Hawkins was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2005 as the only architect on the Commission. He was uniquely suited not only as a result of his broad experience as an architect, but also because of his legal background and his certification as a Commercial Building Inspector. Hawkins quickly distinguished himself as an essential member of the Commission. Unlike other Commissioners who had specialized areas of expertise, Hawkins’s ability to bounce from large scale issues such as high-rise exiting design to small scale details for strain relief on ceiling mounted electrical cords represents the unique ability of architects to synthesize information at macro level in order to solve problems at the micro level.

In 2013 he was appointed by Governor Pence as Chairman of the Commission, the first time an architect has led the Commission in a generation. In addition to ruling on administrative reviews, code interpretations, and policies, the Commission hears and rules on over 1,000 variance requests a year, and is responsible for adopting all state-wide codes related to all construction in Indiana.

Accomplishments as a Commission member include serving as Secretary and Commission Liaison for the 2008 building code. He authored a number of Indiana amendments and created a method of evaluating the fiscal impact of the new code. He was the Commission’s point person for the adoption of a new Energy Code in 2010, the first new energy code Indiana had adopted in nearly two decades. He also served behind the scenes as an adviser for numerous code issues and questions from staff.

During his tenure as Chairman, Hawkins led the adoption of four new codes, obtaining a waiver from a regulatory moratorium. He has implemented an online variance application system, and has led development of a legislative-mandated system of criteria to certify local plan reviewers to perform plans reviews that are currently the sole purview of state employees. He has served behind the scenes for revisions to a number of legislative proposals affecting building safety, and his Commission has assisted with the elimination of a redundant review of school construction performed by the State Department of Health, including elimination of their “School House Rules” dating back to the 1930’s.

He has worked tirelessly during the last 10 years to balance common sense and economic development with public safety. And he has accomplished all of this while maintaining an active role in a 15-person practice.

Steve Alspaugh smJuliet Peddle Award
Steve Alspaugh, AIA

Recognizing an individual architect for their strong willingness to pioneer, being successful in breaking new ground, strong devotion and commitment to architecture, display of professionalism and perseverance, and having a kind spirit, this award is named after the first female registered architect in Indiana. A Terre Haute native, Juliet Peddle (1889 – 1979) was the second woman to graduate from the University of Michigan School of Architecture. She co-founded the Chicago Architectural Women's Forum, operated her own office for over 30 years, and worked diligently to enlighten her community on the value of historic structures. This year's recipient is Steve Alspaugh, AIA.

Steve Alspaugh, AIA exemplifies the criteria for recognition for the Juliet Peddle Award. His service to AIA at the local, state and national levels demonstrates a strong devotion and commitment to the architectural profession.

Steve is an active member of AIA Indiana and AIA Indianapolis, but also devotes service to the architectural profession at the national AIA level. Steve began serving on the AIA Committee on Design (COD) in 2003. This committee promotes excellence in design and produces two conferences a year for AIA members to be inspired and to enhance their skills. The COD was founded to promote design excellence among members of the AIA, the broader design community, and the public at large, both nationally and internationally.

Steve was invited to join the COD Advisory Group in 2010 and began serving as the Secretary in 2011 and 2012. He then served as the Chair-Elect in 2013, the National Chair of the COD in 2014, and the Past Chair in 2015. During his year as Chair he lead the planning and execution of COD conferences in New York City and London.

Steve has served as a 2014 AIA Gold Medal/Firm Advisory Jury member and as a coordinator for the AIA Twenty-Five Year Award from 2007 through 2010, which honors designs that are 25 or more years of age and still considered timeless and classic. Steve has also served on the AIA Honors & Awards Task Force, which was tasked with examining the purpose of all AIA Awards Programs and their requirements. The work of this task force led to the AIA taking the significant step of requiring sustainable design metrics to the design awards program.

Equally impressive are Steve’s efforts as a quiet, hard-working, behind-the-scenes community leader. His service ranges from the city level to church and scouts. In particular, Steve has served as Board President of the Riley Area Development Corporation. The Riley Area Development Corporation serves an historic part of downtown Indianapolis and its mission is to create partnerships to develop, support and enhance a diverse urban community fabric through developing quality affordable housing, ensuring increased density, providing an aesthetically pleasing urban experience and securing businesses that provide essential services.

Steve has served on the Mass Ave. Urban Design Committee, Coordinating Committee, Streetscape/Arts Programming Committee and Community Development Corporation Board of Directors. Mass Avenue has become a trendy, arty, urban-living friendly community, teeming with unique new businesses and residential options. It hasn’t always been that way. A couple of decades ago, only a few brave urban pioneers lived or worked on this diagonal street where decaying buildings and empty lots were interspersed with architectural treasures. The committees listed above played an important role in turning this area into the urban “jewel” it is today, and Steve has been a constant presence to ensure that the area has constantly and intelligently progressed.

Steve has also represented the Commission for Downtown for the Monon Rail Corridor Planning process. The Monon Trail has become a landmark in Indianapolis and a major attraction for young professionals to live in our city.

In conclusion, in addition to his long list of volunteer activities to support the community and his advocacy for the architecture profession, Steve also has many significant professional accomplishments and projects he helped design that are too numerous to mention and the list continues to grow.

M Davis Fleck 01 smallWalter S. Blackburn Award
Marsh Davis

Walter S. Blackburn was an African-American architect elected to the College of Fellows in the 1980s. He chaired the AIA's Diversity Taskforce in 1992, and shortly thereafter, was elected as its Vice President. His career also included many terms of service in the Indiana Arts Commission and on the boards of numerous local arts organizations and nonprofit institutions. Successor to the Don E. Gibson Award, this honor is bestowed upon a non-architect public member or organization that has contributed of their time and person in service to or support of the architectural profession in Indiana, or an architect who has exemplified professional and public service as Blackburn did. This year's winner of the Walter S. Blackburn Award is Marsh Davis, Indiana Landmarks President.

Few individuals in Indiana have contributed more in their leadership of a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to the advancement of the architectural profession more than Marsh Davis. His passion for preserving Indiana architectural treasures is matched only by his multiple skills in bringing together advocates from all backgrounds to form partnerships that have led to many success stories in saving, providing long term stewardship for and improved public access to and appreciation of these treasures.

He succeeded J. Reid Williamson, winner of the 1985 AIA Indiana Don E. Gibson Award (previous name for this award) in 1985, as President of Historic Landmarks Foundation in 2006, and has continued to improve upon existing foundation programs dedicated to historic preservation in Indiana.

Larrison 2015Young Architect Award
Jason Larrison, AIA

This award was created by the Board of Directors of AIA Indiana to recognize proficiency and exceptional accomplishments in, and contributions to, the profession by a licensed AIA Indiana architect, 40 years or less in age. This year, the jury selected Jason Larrison, AIA.

In his current role as State Architect and in his previous role as a Code Enforcement Administrator, Jason Larrison, AIA has engaged the design community to initiate improved communications between architects and the government bodies that employ and regulate them, promoting public design, and protecting public safety. As a Young Architect, his accomplishments include:

  • The first Young Architect to be named the Indiana State Architect.
  • Helped build a new Indianapolis bureau under the Department of Code Enforcement to magnify the need for increased building code compliance.
  • Created the first ever consolidated event operations committee for Super Bowl 2012 to improve efficiency and safety.
  • Appointed the first Administrator of Construction Services for the City of Indianapolis to enforce new regulations.
  • Crafted a city policy for permitting, review, and inspection of temporary structures to expand security of visitors and guests.
  • Currently leading three large capital projects to celebrate and mark Indiana’s bicentennial as a legacy for all.

Jason also has earned the sincere respect of Governor Mike Pence, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Indiana War Memorials Commission Executive Director Brigadier General J. Stewart Goodwin, USAF (Ret), and Indiana State Fire Marshall James L. Greeson, who all submitted glowing letters of recommendation on Jason’s behalf.

JKGold Medal Award
James T. Kienle, FAIA

The AIA Indiana Gold Medal is the highest honor AIA Indiana can bestow on an individual. The Gold Medal is bestowed to an individual in recognition of their significant accomplishments in promoting the aesthetic, scientific and practical excellence of the profession; advancing the science and art of planning by advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice; coordinating the building industry and the profession of architecture to insure the advancement of the living standards of people through their improved environment; and making the profession of ever-increasing service to society through service to the AIA. The 2015 AIA Indiana Gold Medal Award winner is James T. Kienle, FAIA.

James T. Kienle, FAIA, has promoted the aesthetic, scientific and practical excellence of the profession in many ways through his work, his mentorship, and his volunteer commitments, particularly in the area of preservation design. Throughout his career of nearly fifty years, he has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the preservation of historical and cultural resources. His passionate commitment to preservation has resulted in a deeper awareness of the architectural past and its cultural value in his community and on a state and national level.

Preservation Design & Planning: Jim Kienle pioneered the revitalization of historic resources in Indiana through the preservation and adaptive use of residential, commercial and institutional projects.

  • Jim’s 1872 residence was among the earliest to be renovated in Historic Lockerbie Square, Indianapolis’ first historic district in downtown Indianapolis.
  • Designed Indianapolis’ first major adaptive use of a significant industrial building for residential use, turning the Lockerbie Glove Company into 62 condominium units.
  • His work in preservation of commercial structures contributed significantly to the urban renaissance in downtown Indianapolis. Most notably are Morrison Opera Place, which was the first Historic Tax Credit project in Indianapolis and The Circle Theatre, which transformed an old movie house into the home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and helped to bring vitality back to the heart of the city.
  • Restoration of and new addition to the Lerner Theatre in Elkhart, Indiana contributed to revitalization of a downtown that was on the edge and received the Cook Cup Award from Indiana Landmarks and the national Palladio Award honoring “outstanding achievement in traditional design.”
  • Important institutional and governmental works by Kienle have led to the enhancement and revitalization of major civic spaces and buildings. Jim helped to lead a steadfast effort to redevelop, expand and restore the Indiana State Capitol Complex, resulting in the contextual design for the one million square foot Indiana State Office Building South (Indiana Government Center South) and the re-establishment of the Indiana Statehouse as the focal point of the campus.
  • Worked with the team to complete the Kentucky State Capitol Master Plan, which included the Capitol Annex renovation and addition and the new Executive Office Building and Visitors Center addition.
  • Led the transformation of the Big Four Depot, a 19th century train station, into a multimodal transportation hub and a revitalized civic space in Lafayette, Indiana. This project received the Federal Transit Administration’s Grand Award in 1998 and an AIA Livable Cities Award.
  • GSA Design Excellence commission for the rehabilitation of the Mary Switzer Building, Washington D.C. (for which he was the Design Excellence Leader).
  • Building assessment and preservation plan for Dealey Plaza and the Book Depository in Dallas, Texas and the selection for the restoration of I.M. Pei’s U.S. Chancery, Montevideo, Uruguay.

Education & Mentoring: Jim has long valued the importance of mentorship.

  • Kienle has been an annual lecturer at Purdue University’s Landscape Architecture program for over ten years and has spoken at the Ball State University Master’s Degree Program in Historic Preservation.
  • Frequent speaker in continuing education programs on historic preservation (e.g. National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Main Street Programs, and Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana statewide programs).
  • While sharing his knowledge through teaching and professional presentations has been an important part of Jim’s passing his knowledge along to the next generation of architects who either want to understand where historic preservation fits into the practice of architecture or have had their own passion ignite, Jim is remembered the most by numerous colleagues with whom he has worked and shared knowledge in a traditional mentorship relationship.

Public Involvement & Advocacy:

Kienle has always embraced the importance of volunteering his time and talent and has shared his expertise in preservation design, serving numerous organizations over many years.

  • Member of the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) for eighteen years, twelve as President, serving the longest of anyone holding that office. IHPC oversees seventeen individual historic districts in Central Indiana. During his tenure, the commission has witnessed a significant growth in staff and new historic district designations.
  • Past President and Board Member of the Indiana Architectural Foundation, where he promoted and oversaw the publication of “Indianapolis Architecture Transformations Since 1975.”
  • Jim has served on the Central Indiana Regional Board for the American Red Cross. Most recently he was asked to serve on a national committee to advise the American Red Cross on architectural approaches to their structures across the county.

James T. Kienle, FAIA, has spent the majority of his nearly fifty years in the practice of architecture specializing in preservation design, bringing new life to historic structures, campuses, small town Main Streets and urban environments.

He is viewed locally and nationally as one who has forged the way in historic preservation in his work, his leadership, and his mentoring. His projects have been recipients of numerous local, regional, and national AIA and Institutional awards.

In recognition of Jim’s national contributions to Preservation Design, he was elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows. In 2003, Governor Frank O’Bannon awarded him the “Sagamore of the Wabash,” the highest honor awarded a citizen by the State of Indiana, for his pioneering work in Indiana Historic Preservation.

AIA Indiana awarded him the esteemed Edward D. Pierre Award as a civic leader and advocate of the architectural profession in public affairs, the Juliet Peddle Award for demonstrating a pioneering spirit, achievement in architecture and involvement in the community and the President’s Award for Jim’s efforts, working with all levels of government but particularly the state on behalf of issues important to AIA Indiana.

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