Honorary Membership in the Virginia Society AIA will be conferred upon architectural historian Bryan Clark Green, Ph. D. and Virginia Society AIA Sales Administrator Cathy Guske at this year’s Visions for Architecture gala on Nov. 7, 2014 at the Jefferson Hotel. Honorary Membership may be bestowed upon individuals not eligible for membership in the Society, but who have rendered distinguished and exemplary service, over a sustained period of time, to architecture and the built environment in Virginia.
In conferring the honor, the Society recognizes Green’s 22 years of dedication to the preservation of Virginia’s historic architecture. As Director of Historic Preservation with Commonwealth Architects of Richmond, Va., Dr. Green’s expertise in research, building conservation, planning, and navigating the historic tax credit process has allowed dozens of historic buildings and structures to enjoy new life. Working closely with architects, designers, and engineers, he consistently seeks innovative ways to combine architectural history and historic preservation to creatively adapt historic buildings for new uses. Through his insight, project designers can embrace the elements that make these buildings unique, while still providing layouts and configurations suitable to modern office and living spaces.
In addition, Dr. Green remains professionally active in both education and publishing, enthusiastically promoting the value of preserving the Commonwealth’s historic architecture to the general public, as well as the next generation of historic preservation professionals.
During Cathy Guske’s more than 10 years of service, she has effectively developed and managed relationships with the Society’s advertisers and exhibitors. Though her active participation in the Allied membership program, her commitment to advancing Inform magazine and Architecture Exchange East, and her enthusiastic support of the Society’s initiatives, she has exhibited a deep and abiding respect for the profession. “I will very much enjoy celebrating this honor,” says EVP/CEO John Braymer, “but more importantly, expressing the sincere appreciation for the years of contribution to the VSAIA that earned it.”