The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently made several announcements.

  • new president: Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA, dean of North Carolina State University's College of Design, is the AIA's 85th president. He was inaugurated on Dec. 5, 2008. Succeeding Marshall E. Purnell, FAIA, Malecha has served as the AIA's first vice president for the past year. Malecha previously was a member of the faculty at both the Boston Architectural Center and California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. He holds a master's degree in architecture from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Minnesota.

  • edward c. kemper award: Barbara A. Nadel, FAIA, of New York City-based firm Barbara Nadel Architect, is the recipient of the 2009 Edward C. Kemper Award, which recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the profession through service to the AIA. Nadel served two terms on the AIA Board as regional director from AIA New York and as AIA national vice president in 2001. Among her many Institute-supporting roles, Nadel edited the AIA's knowledge-driven Web site and was chair of several AIA national and New York chapter committees. In addition to serving on the AIA Government Affairs Advisory Committee/ArchiPAC, Nadel also was appointed as the AIA representative to the U.S. Department of State Overseas Building Operations Industry Advisory Panel for embassy design. In 2006, First Lady Laura Bush and the White House appointed Nadel to represent the AIA at the Preserve America Summit's Addressing Security panel. In October 2008, she was named a member of the National Register of Peer Professionals in the U.S. General Services Administration's Design Excellence Program.

  • whitney m. young jr. award: Clyde Porter, FAIA, a Dallas-based architect and facilities administrator for the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), is the recipient of the 2009 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award. The award is given to individuals or organizations exemplifying architecture's responsibility toward current social issues. Through his work for the DCCCD and on the AIA Dallas Minority Resources Committee, as well as through his participation in elementary and high school career days, Porter encourages minority, underserved, and low-income students to envision their potential as architects and stewards of the built environment. He has continually reached out to emerging and minority architects by creating contracting initiatives, as well as student and professional internship programs, and by recruiting through his alma mater, Prairie View A&M University, a historically African-American university.

  • encouraging diversity in the profession: The first winners of the AIA's annual Diversity Recognition Program were announced in December 2008. The award honors the contributions of AIA members whose work addresses and encourages diversity in the architecture profession. From 33 submissions, 12 honorees were chosen: AIA Denver Women in Design, Denver
    AIA Kansas City Women in Design Committee, Kansas City, Mo.
    BRR Architecture, Diversity Committee, Support Programs, Leadership Opportunities, and Community Caring Program, Merriam, Kan.
    Boston Society of Architects, Youth Programs, Boston
    Boston Society of Architects, Inclusive Networks, Boston
    HOK, Diversity Awareness and Inclusion Initiative, offices nationwide
    KKE Architects, Architectural Youth Program, Minneapolis
    Lori A. Brown, AIA, Gendered Landscapes, Syracuse, N.Y. (honorable mention)
    Mehrnoosh Mojallali, AIA, The Association of Women in Architecture Group Exhibit, Venice Beach, Calif.
    Oscar L. Harris, FAIA, mentor in diversity, Atlanta
    PBS&J, diverse practice, offices nationwide
    David Goldstein, AIA, Santa Barbara County High School Architectural Design Competition, Santa Barbara, Calif.
    Downloadable PDFs of each 2008 honoree's award submittals are available at