TSA Announces 2008 Honor Awards a u s t i n The Texas Society of Architects has announced this year’s Honor Award recipients. The awards recognize significant contributions to the architectural profession and the quality of the built environment and will be presented during the 69th Annual TSA Convention Oct. 23-25 in Fort Worth. The Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Honor of Llewellyn W. Pitts FAIA will be presented to Velpeau (Vel) E. Hawes Jr., FAIA, of Dallas. This honor recognizes a lifetime of distinguished leadership and dedication in architecture and community. (See sidebar below.) The TSA Architecture Firm Award will be presented to Marmon Mok of San Antonio in honor of its significant contributions to the architectural profession and the community during the past 55 years. (See sidebar p. 16.)
The Award for Young Professional Achievement in Honor of William W. Caudill FAIA will be presented to Camilo Parra, AIA, president of Parra Design Group in Houston, for his strength in architectural design, practice, and community. Parra has been recognized for his design skills with awards, publications, articles, and tours of his work. In addition, he teaches as an adjunct professor at Texas A&M School of Architecture at Prairie View, and he has been published in Architectural Digest, Texas Architect, and the Houston Chronicle. The Award for Community Service in Honor of James D. Pfluger FAIA will be presented to Robert L. Meckfessel, FAIA, of dsgn associates in Dallas. For more than 25 years, Meckfessel has played a myriad of roles in community organizations that directly impact the built and natural environment of Dallas. He has been involved in Dallas’ Balanced Vision Plan for the Trinity
River and has served as president for Preservation Dallas, helping to update and strengthen a preservation tax incentive program and provide greater protection to historic buildings. The Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions in Honor of Edward J. Romieniec FAIA will be presented to Edward M. Baum, FAIA, of Dallas. Baum served on the faculty at Harvard while starting a practice with C. Stifter and received recognition from Architectural Record early in his design career. In 1988, he joined the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture as dean, where during his tenure the school and its students gained national recognition. He founded the Dallas Architecture Forum with a mission to educate the public through knowledge and discourse on architecture.
TSA Medal for Lifetime Achievement
Over the years, Hawes has received numerous project design awards, which include eight TSA awards and four AIA Dallas awards. He was elevated to Fellow AIA in 1983 and named a Richard Upjohn Fellow in 1990. In 2006, Hawes received both a Lifetime Achievement Award from AIA Dallas and an Outstanding Alumni Award from the Texas A&M College of Architecture. “It’s truly a privilege and honor to nominate Vel for the Lifetime Achievement Medal. Chapters of his career have been representative of traditional practice as well as alternate roles that have come with great responsibility and high profile. Additionally, he has and remains a valued member of AIA Dallas and has provided critical leadership through the years including as chapter president,” wrote J. Mark Wolf, president of AIA Dallas, in a letter recommending Hawes for the award.
Velpeau (Vel) E. Hawes Jr., FAIA, graduated in 1958 with a bachelor of architecture degree from Texas A&M University in College Station. After four years of service as an infantry officer, he began a 38-year career as a licensed architect and licensed interior designer with several architectural firms in Dallas, including Omniplan, HOK, and PGAL. After retirement in 2000, Hawes was asked to manage the design and construction of the Nasher Sculpture Center project for Raymond D. Nasher, a long time client. In addition, Hawes is currently serving as architectural consultant on two other significant Dallas civic projects—the Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet High School and the Museum of Nature and Science.
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