J.J. Tang Elevated to AIA’s College of Fellows

Junjian "J.J." Tang, Federal Program Principal for HDR, has been elevated to the College of Fellows in the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Over the past two decades, J.J's career has focused on the design of federal facilities which are critical to U.S. defense and to U.S. security around the world.

In addition to his extensive design portfolio, J.J. has also advanced the practice of federal military architecture. He led a coalition of architects across the country to found the national Architectural Practice Committee (APC) of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), and served as its inaugural chair for its first four years. He also served on the national Board of Director for SAME, where one of his most visible achievements was the establishment of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between SAME and AIA in January 2015 that propelled the two organizations’ collaboration in continuing education, national conferences, awards and publications. For his outstanding leadership and contributions to the Society and AEC industry, SAME awarded him the 2015 President's Medal and elected him to the Academy of Fellows of SAME in 2016.

“Since he joined HDR in 2005, J.J. has been one of the most energetic and dedicated contributors to HDR's federal practice. In addition to working tirelessly on numerous project pursuits and helping HDR win many of them, he has held a virtual second job as the chair of the national SAME Architectural Committee, a responsibility which absorbed many nights and weekends. We couldn't be prouder of his accomplishments.”

Gus Ardura, Federal Director, Architecture

J.J. has served as a member of the AIA’s Committee on Design for more than 10 years. In 2011, he received the prestigious Urbahn Medal from SAME, awarded annually to an architect for his or her eminent and notable contributions in the field of architecture.

Fellowship is AIA’s highest membership honour, awarded to professionals for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. Only three percent of the AIA’s 88,000-plus members have this distinction. J.J. will be formally welcomed to the College of Fellows during the AIA’s Investiture Ceremony for all new Fellows on Friday, April 28, 2017, during the AIA National Convention in Orlando, Florida.

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