This is the AIA’s highest membership honor, awarded to those who have demonstrated a “standard of excellence” and made significant contributions to the profession of architecture and society. Only three percent of the AIA’s members have this distinction.
Ken received this honor because of his design of inventive and sustainable high-performance sport and athletic facilities, as well as for his professional contributions. His sport-planning innovations have resulted in new conceptual models and standards that are now adopted by institutions worldwide. His architectural innovations include the first precast dome ever constructed and the largest wood roof in the world. His career accomplishments include the design of the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, which was described as the “the finest center of its kind in the world” by IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch, and the Speed Skating Oval for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, BC. The Olympic Oval is recognized as one of the “50 Most Influential Sport Facilities in the Last 50 Years” by the International Association for the Construction of Sport Facilities.
Ken was named a distinguished Alumni of The Ohio State University in 2010. He recently completed service on the NAAB ARC Steering Committee, which established revised standards and procedures for accreditation of architecture programs. He is currently a board member of the Greater Washington D.C. Board of Trade and a member of the national AIA/AGC Joint Committee, which is focused on communication and collaborative best practices in the design and construction industries.
Ken’s work has been recognized with 31 awards for design excellence, including awards from the AIA and Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC); five of his buildings have obtained LEED platinum certification. His projects have been featured by media outlets ranging from the NBC Nightly News and The Today Show to Architectural Record, Architect, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Architect, Interiors and USA Today.
The investiture ceremony for all new Fellows will be held during the AIA National Convention in Los Angeles at a later date.