Kathleen S. Kilpatrick Honored with Architecture Medal

Kathleen Kilpatrick, Hon. VSAIA
Kathleen Kilpatrick, Hon. VSAIA

Kathleen S. Kilpatrick has been selected to receive the Architecture Medal for Virginia Service. The Society’s most prestigious public award, the Medal honors an individual or organization that has made an unusually significant contribution to Virginia’s built environment or to the public’s understanding and awareness of our built world. The Society presents this award jointly with the Virginia Center for Architecture at the Visions for Architecture gala on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at the Jefferson Hotel.

With more than 20 years of dedicated service and leadership as an official of the Commonwealth, Kilpatrick’s contributions to Virginia’s built environment have had a tremendous impact. Her service with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources from 1995–2013 and her leadership as current Executive Director of the Capitol Square Preservation Council have included measurable and lasting accomplishments. Through diligent efforts working with the Governor and the Virginia General Assembly, she has influenced the passage of tax rehabilitation incentives, developed effective processes to support owners’ donation of protective easements and urged the successful appropriation of funds for the purchase of threatened battlefields. Her programs have enhanced historic preservation activity to be recognized as engines for economic development, and she has helped to create an environment for architects to provide new life for old buildings through their preservation projects.

In addition, Kilpatrick’s focus on elevating and broadening the understanding of the significance of historic buildings, places and sites has enhanced the public’s view of the cultural values of Virginia’s built environment.

“Ms. Kilpatrick’s influence has been felt in virtually every community of the Commonwealth,” says Elizabeth Kostelny, Executive Director of Preservation Virginia. “A few years ago, Ms. Kilpatrick was quoted as saying, ‘When things are lost, they’re lost forever.’ That statement reflects Ms. Kilpatrick’s underlying motivation. Her tireless work has saved historic buildings, battlefields, important Virginia Indian sites, neighborhoods and more—all to employ those places for our future.”

Tech’s LumenHAUS Wins AIA Honor Award

LumenHAUS, courtesy Va. Tech

Virginia Tech’s acclaimed LumenHAUS has earned another feather in its much-adorned cap. This net-zero-energy house — which has garnered attention not only for design excellence but as an educational tool — has been awarded a 2012 Institute Honor Award for Architecture from the national component of the AIA. Recognized by the Society with a 2011 VSAIA design award and the Prize for Design Research and Scholarship in 2010, the LumenHAUS also took home the top prize at the European Solar Decathlon in 2010.

The house has been on display in New York’s Times Square, Washington, D.C. and alongside Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House as an exhibition, not only on good design, but as a tool informing the wider public about issues of alternative energy and sustainability.