Brian Kowalchuk Elevated to AIA College of Fellows
Brian Kowalchuk, global design director for HDR’s Architecture practice, has been elevated to the College of Fellows in the American Institute of Architects. This is the AIA’s highest membership honor, awarded to those who have demonstrated a "standard of excellence" and have made significant contributions to the profession of architecture and society. Only three percent of the AIA’s 88,000+ members have this distinction.
Kowalchuk was elected to receive the honor because of his ability to distill complex programs into simple, elegant concepts that put people at the center. He was also chosen for his technologically advanced architecture that often defies convention, as he designs to inspire connections that improve lives and foster extraordinary outcomes.
In writing his sponsorship letter for Kowalchuk, Jon Crane, FAIA, HDR’s director of Translation Health Sciences, said: “I have had the opportunity and pleasure to know and work continuously with Brian over the past 18 years. I have admired his work and his abilities without reservation. As a project principal, when I have had clients demanding great design, demanding transformational workplaces, and demanding the highest quality projects delivered on-time and on budget, I have always relied on Brian — he has always delivered. In fact, he has always exceeded expectations, capturing a bold idea that embodies the client’s vision.”
Doug Wignall, FAIA, president of the Architecture group, added: “This well-deserved honor is a testament to the fact that Brian excels at infusing creativity and innovation into the design of technically complex buildings. He creates contemporary and relevant architecture that expresses its function, within the context of its time and place, and that enhances our clients’ missions. He does so with passion, with excitement and with the utmost respect for enhancing the human experience.”
Kowalchuk’s portfolio of work spans multiple building typologies across numerous continents and diverse cultures. In recognition, he has received 20 AIA awards and seven prestigious Lab of the Year awards from R&D Magazine, including three in the past five years.
The investiture ceremony for all new Fellows will be held June 7, 2019, during the AIA National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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