Edward Gillikin, AIA, Principal at KOP Architects, will be recognized with the Award for Distinguished Achievement at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, at the Science Museum of Virginia. The Award for Distinguished Achievement signals distinguished achievement by an architect in any one of the following categories: design, practice, education, service as “citizen architect” and service to the profession; and thus may serve as an accolade for the work of an entire career or recognize the current accomplishments of a younger leader.

Ed Gillikin, AIA
Ed Gillikin, AIA

Ed, a graduate of Benedictine High School and Virginia Tech, has shown by example that being an architect involves finding ways to serve the communities in which we live. Ed has held leadership positions in AIA Richmond for nearly 20 years and has served on committees, advisory councils and the board of directors of AIA Virginia for the past 15 years ― including a term as president. Most recently, Ed became the first Chair of the John Braymer Leadership Council which consists of all living past presidents of AIA Virginia.

Mitchell Rowland, III, AIA, comments, “Ed encourages those around him to elevate their efforts in order to achieve a higher goal, whether it is design or in service to the profession. In fact, it was witnessing Ed’s commitment that encouraged me to re-engage with the AIA after several years of being an inactive member.”

For his tireless work to raise the awareness of the profession and architecture throughout the Commonwealth, AIA Virginia presents Ed Gillikin with the Award for Distinguished Achievement.

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