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Texas Society of Architects Presents 2011 Honor Awards The Texas Society of Architects announces its 2011 Honor Award recipients. The annual awards recognize significant contributions to the architectural profession and the quality of the built environment. Honor Awards were presented in October during the Texas Society of Architects’ 72nd Annual Convention. 

 Also among the awards were the Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Honor of Llewellyn W. Pitts FAIA, presented to Tommy Cowan, FAIA, of Austin; the Architectural Firm Award presented to Richter Architects in Corpus Christi. Those honorees are profiled on pages 14 and 16. In addition, the Cornerstone Award – the Society’s highest honor for a non-architect – recognized Walter J. Humann of Dallas. Information is posted at The following were also honored. J. Sinclair Black, FAIA, is the recipient of the Award for Community Service in Honor of James D. Pfluger FAIA. Black is a principal of Black + Vernooy Architects in Austin and also a professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture. In nominating Black for the award, AIA Austin President Taylor T. Dueker, AIA, lauded Black for “his promotion of environmental awareness and protection, his unwavering commitment to the revitalization of the urban core, the selfless and innumerable hours of committee work and service on and with non-profit boards, a heap of awards for not only design but also service, and [his leadership in support of] the international reputation that the City of Austin has achieved



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for being one of the most livable communities in the world.” Diane Berry Hays, FAIA, was presented with the Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions in Honor of Edward Romieniec 
FAIA. Hays is a senior lecturer on the faculty of the University of Texas at San Antonio’s College of Architecture, as well as principal of her own design firm. In his nomination letter, AIA San Antonio President Jonathan Benson Smith, AIA, wrote, “Diane has inspired, mentored and encouraged countless students during her impressive 17 year career at UTSA. She has worked tirelessly to forge bonds between the chapter, the profession, and the community, which have rewarded the program and our local design community handsomely.” The Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Architecture through the Media in Honor
 of John G. Flowers Honorary AIA

 went to architectural photographer Richard Payne, FAIA, of Houston. Nominated by AIA Houston

 for documenting “some of the most important architecture built since the mid-twentieth century,” Payne provided his images for seven books on Texas architecture and its architectural history, as well as three books on the work of Phillip Johnson and John Burgee. In describing the esteem with which Payne is held by the national architecture community, AIA Houston President Ian Powell, AIA, wrote, “A glance at Mr. Payne’s architecture client list is to see nothing less than a who’s who of modern and contemporary architects.” Melissa C. Brandrup, AIA, received the Award for Young Professional Achievement in Honor of William W. Caudill FAIA. In his nomination letter, AIA El Paso President-elect


Robert D. Garland, AIA, stated, “Her service to the profession has been excellent.” An architect with Building Solutions in El Paso, she currently serves as president of AIA El Paso and is cofounder of the chapter-sponsored Eco-El Paso, an annual symposium dedicated to sustainable design in arid climates. She also is active in civic matters, currently serving on the city’s planning commission and previously as a member of the city’s historic landmarks commission. Yesenia M. Blandon, Assoc. AIA, is the 2011 Associate Member of the Year
 for her leadership in AIA Dallas and her professional growth within the local design community. In his nomination letter, AIA Dallas President David Zatopek, AIA, lauded her for co-founding the chapter’s Latinos in Architecture Committee in 2010 and channeling its membership’s passionate commitment to public outreach programs. A designer with Perkins + Will

 in Dallas, Blandon received her Masters of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2007. Citations of Honor
were presented to: The Brownsville Historical Association was nominated by AIA LRGV for its dedication to preserving the local community’s architectural heritage. Chapter President Marta SalinasHovar, AIA, praised the group’s diligent efforts “to create opportunities for residents to learn about, participate in, and appreciate the connection between our history and culture.” In concluding her letter, she wrote, “Simply put, BHA is doing the right thing to preserve history and be a resource for educating the young and old alike, about Brownsville’s past.” Sundance Square Management in Fort Worth was nominated by AIA Fort Worth for maintaining Sundance Square as “the heart


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