HDR’s J.J. Tang Awarded Society of Military Engineers (SAME) President’s Medal
(June 15, 2016) - HDR's J.J. Tang, AIA, LEED AP, was awarded the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) 2016 President's Medal during a special ceremony on May 26 at the 2016 Joint Engineer Education and Training Conference & Expo (JETC) in Phoenix, Arizona. The medal recognizes his outstanding leadership and accomplishments in support of the SAME strategic plan. As the founder and first chair of the national Architectural Practice Committee (APC), one of 10 mission-focused committees, J.J. has been a strong proponent of the APC mission to bring SAME architects together and to promote architecture within the Department of Defense (DoD) and the federal built environment.
Since APC was founded in 2012, J.J. has been instrumental in serving as a bridge among SAME architects, including those from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, while helping to elevate architectural practice as a whole within the organization. Conversely, he was also instrumental in AIA and SAME collaborating to advance DoD and federal architecture within the AIA community.
J.J. says, "I am excited, yet humbled by this recognition. When I set out to establish the APC Committee in 2012, my goal was to work together with my fellow architects to promote what we do and provide a voice within SAME. After four years of volunteering as the chair of the committee, I can honestly say that not only have architects begun to make a great impact within SAME; more importantly I have built strong personal friendships with many SAME architects from several branches of the military. Professionally it has also been a boon to our federal program."
With a deep commitment to SAME, J.J. has been involved on many levels, including serving as a national board member—something he notes as: "a key factor in ensuring our collective architectural voice is heard within SAME." He was also honored with the SAME Urbahn medal in 2011, awarded to only one SAME member each year for outstanding performance in the field of architecture.