The highest honor the AIA Buffalo/WNY can bestow on an architect, the Robert and Louise Bethune honor is given to individuals in recognition of a lifetime of notable contribution to the profession of architecture through practice, mentorship and community leadership.
In its announcement, the AIA Buffalo/WNY said, “Few people can claim the profound impact on the built environment in Buffalo as Frank.. As a practicing architect, Frank’s deep knowledge of building and managing complex projects is peerless.
Further, Frank believes that ensuring the profession’s future is contingent upon the dedicated and consistent mentorship of emerging architects. An entire cohort of architects practicing today in Buffalo and beyond herald Frank as their most influential mentor.
Frank’s profound impact on the built environment in Buffalo and beyond is clear on numerous levels, including:
- He has led major academic projects at: SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State College, Canisius College, Medaille College, D’Youville University, SUNY Oswego, as well as Buffalo Public Schools and Albany Public Schools.
- Frank has contributed to many of the most iconic landmarks in the city of Buffalo including the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, the Buffalo Niagara Medical campus, and the Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse.
- He’s also led some of the most award-winning design projects in our region, including breakthrough buildings like the Kaleida Health / SUNY Buffalo Gates Vascular Institute and Clinical Translational Research Center, as well as sensitive historic preservation and adaptive-reuse projects like Canisius College’s Montante Cultural Center.
Through his work, Frank has become deeply respected by major institutions, builders, engineers and architects as a sought-after project manager for large, complex public projects. He has the innate ability to listen, lead, help, build consensus, understand and innovate all at once without ever sacrificing design ingenuity.
This recognition comes in addition to Frank receiving the AIA New York State’s 2021 Henry Hobson Richardson Award. He will officially receive this year’s honor at a public gala on Thursday, May 5.