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2012 AIA Honorary Membership

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Honorary membership is one of the highest honors that The American Institute of Architects can bestow upon a person outside the profession of architecture. Election to honorary membership may be granted to any person of esteemed character who is otherwise ineligible for membership in the Institute but who has rendered distinguished service to the profession of architecture or to the arts and sciences allied therewith. Membership is granted only if the accomplishments of the nominee are truly outstanding and of national significance. View all 2012 AIA Awards Recipients.

Carmen Perez Garcia, Hon. AIA

Carmen Pérez García, Hon. AIA

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Carmen's wisdom and experience have benefited not only the members of her chapter, but also her colleagues across the U.S. Though she is from a small, single staffed chapter, she shares her insight and enthusiasm with other component executives of chapters of all sizes.

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Beverly Brown Holton, Hon. AIA

Beverly Brown Holton, Hon. AIA

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Beverly has advocated the AIA's Continuing Education System (CES) from the early 1990s as Clemson University’s AIA liaison. Since joining the AIA in 2000, she has developed stringent guidelines for product-vendor and component training programs alike.

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Sara A. Kay, Hon. AIA

Sara A. Kay, Hon. AIA

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Sara Kay’s passion is Government Advocacy. Having served as a staff member in the Nebraska Legislature and as a lobbyist for a Nebraska law firm, early in her career she became aware of the importance of grassroots efforts, building relationships, developing collaborations and making an impact.

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Gilbert Lang Mathews, Hon. AIA

Gilbert Lang Mathews, Hon. AIA

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A leader in the lighting industry, it’s interesting that Gilbert Lang Mathews, Hon. AIA came to the business of lighting design through the world of retail. An attorney by training, he noted a need for improved display lighting for his family’s long-time business, Frost Bros.

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Steven G. Shapiro, Hon. AIA

Steven G. Shapiro, Hon. AIA

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Steven has been a strong advocate for architects and quality architecture in the continually evolving project execution process. As a manager in one of the nation’s leading construction companies, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, and as an educator at the University Of Maryland School Of Architecture, as a prolific writer, and as expert in the construction process, Steven’s positive influence has been and will continue to be of great value to architects and the Institute.

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Stephen Sharpe, Hon. AIA

Stephen Sharpe, Hon. AIA

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For more than 11 years as the Editor of Texas Architect, Stephen Sharpe has raised awareness of the architecture profession as practiced in Texas and beyond its borders. Through his leadership, the profession benefits from a magazine written intelligently but without jargon and edited to be accessible to a wide range of readers.

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Michael Waldinger, Hon. AIA

Michael Waldinger, Hon. AIA

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Michael Waldinger’s service to the profession began with his recognition of the history of architecture in Illinois. Michael knows Illinois has always been a place where the profession of architecture can look to for leadership and inspiration.

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