The annual Honor Awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated exemplary commitment and service to AIA Atlanta, the community and the profession of architecture. Winners were announced at the Build Something Great ceremony on Thursday, November 17.

Known as AIA Atlanta’s largest event of the year, Build Something Great unites members of the AEC for a celebration of design excellence and the promotion of the built environment.

Kwanza Hall Award

s-powellShannon Powell
The Kwanza Hall Award is named for our longtime public servant in the City of Atlanta, who has been a tireless champion of the role and importance of great design. This award recognizes the leadership of a non-architect, who through their professional life has pushed members of the design community to elevate the quality of our work to improve the livability of our towns, cities and neighborhoods.

James Gant Fausett, FAIA Service to the Profession Award


Kathryn Bedette, AIA


Garfield Peart, AIA


Jay Silverman, AIA

The Service to the Profession Award honors a firm, group or individual for outstanding service to the profession, primarily through leadership service in the AIA or a related organization.

Dorothy Spence Citizen Architect Award

ks-gordonK. Scott Gordon, AIA
The Dorothy Spence Citizen Architect Award honors an AIA member who engages in their community with a design mentality, seeing their community the same way an architect sees a project: “all connected.” They break down silos, see how various community problems are interconnected and determine how a community leader can find a leverage point for solutions. This award recognizes contributions made outside of volunteer roles within AIA.

John A. Busby Jr., FAIA Award

n-hiltonNicole Hilton, AIA
The John A. Busby Jr., FAIA Award is given to a young chapter member who has excelled in one or more of the areas that make a great architect: design excellence, AIA leadership, community involvement, a pursuit of lifelong education and engagement in the management of their firm or started their own.

Silver Medal Award

David Yocum, AIA

Brian Bell, AIA

The Silver Medal Award is the highest honor bestowed by AIA Atlanta upon an architecture firm for its general excellence. It is open to any firm within AIA Atlanta’s jurisdiction. The award honors a firm, single practitioner up to a large entity, that has sustained outstanding performance as evidenced by a consistently high level of design quality and demonstrated community, political or AIA leadership in the interests of the profession. The firm must have been in practice for a minimum of five years.

Presidential Citation

j-fausettJames Gant Fausett, FAIA
Awarded by the chapter president, William Carpenter, FAIA, PhD, this award is given to an individual who has made a substantial contribution to the community and our profession through the supporting of AIA Atlanta’s goals and ideals.