Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The 2013 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated David M. Chasco to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession.

David M. Chasco will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2013 National AIA Convention and Design Exposition in Denver.

The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

2013 Fellows
Out of a total AIA membership of over 83,000, there are fewer than 3,100 distinguished with the honor of fellowship and honorary fellowship. The elevation to fellowship is conferred on architects with at least 10 years of membership in the AIA in one or more of the following nomination categories:

1. Promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession

2. Advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards ofarchitectural education, training and practice

3. Coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA and other related professional organizations

4. Advanced the living standards of people through an improved environment

5. Made the profession of ever-increasing service to society Included in the list below are the newly elevated members, their component affiliation and category for which they were elevated.

David M. Chasco, FAIA
David Chasco has dedicated his career to promoting a unified profession by fostering design excellence in the academic and public realms, after achieving creative design excellence in the profession. Since 2004 Professor David M. Chasco, FAIA, has been the Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Prior to arriving, he was a member of Gunnar Birkerts and Associates (DiClemente Siegel Design/Gunnar Birkerts FAIA) and had just completed a 2-year appointment as Interim Dean of the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in Southfield, Michigan. Chasco is a graduate of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois in 1977 (B.S. Arch) and 1980 (M.Arch).

Achieving creative design excellence in the profession resulted from project design and design/director responsibilities for projects such as an embassy, cathedral, performing arts center, academic libraries, university law schools, laboratories, mixed-use retail/housing/office, corporate offices and housing. Chasco has fostered design excellence through his direct engagement with public and campus officials to promote unique design responses for projects such as the new Peoria Central Illinois Regional Museum/Caterpillar Visitor Center, the College of Architecture and Design facility at Lawrence Technological University, as well as the Electrical Computing Engineering Building and the College of Law Building on the University of Illinois campus. A measure of Professor Chasco’s accomplishment as an educator is the success of so many of the over 1,000 students he has taught during their academic years and later as practicing professionals. For example, in 2010 and 2011, three of his former design students received the AIA Michigan Young Architect Award and many have won numerous AIA Chapter Design Awards. Recently collaborating with faculty Professor Chasco champions student involvement in real world projects such as an investigation of the Champaign-Urbana Windsor Road Landscape Sustainability Corridor, and a collaborative disciplinary design exploration of the experimental dairy round barn complex on campus. At Lawrence Technological University he was instrumental in the initial development of the Detroit Urban Studio, Pontiac Main Street Studio, Paris Study Abroad Program and the Ssese Island Cultural Center Studio for the Pan African Development Corporation. Professor Chasco fosters design excellence in education by challenging students around the world in design competitions. He was selected nationally by the The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ASCS) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to help implement a $500,000 grant to develop several international ACSA/TSA Student Airport Security design competitions.

David M. Chasco is the recipient of multiple awards and honors including the New York Architectural League’s Young Architects Award, the recipient of the Plym Travelling Fellowship, one of the nation’s most coveted mid-career professional design awards, Detroit AIA Honor Award in 2002, and the 2004 Michigan AIA President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership in Education and the Profession. He was a major design contributor to multiple AIA and Industry Project Awards with Gunnar Birkerts and Associates. He has served on the State of Illinois AIA Board of Directors as well as adesign juror for the Chapter and State AIA Awards. In addition to his role as Director of the School, David currently serves as the Chancellor’s Advisor for Architecture and Master Planning for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus.