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Chairman Wayne Donaldson Receives AIA Award for Leadership

ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA received the Proclamation of Recognition, a relatively new honor, from the Historic Preservation Committee of the American Institute of Architects at a luncheon meeting Nov. 13 in Savannah, GA, in conjunction with the National Trust's annual conference. The highlight of the event was Donaldson's presentation on the significance of plastic as a building material in the midcentury modernism movement with a special focus on his own saved and restored Futuro house which is perched high on a rock in California. After the presentation, Wayne received the proclamation, which reads:

PROCLAMATION OF RECOGNITION in recognition of leadership provided by Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, in historic preservation at the national, state and local levels for more than four decades:

For his chairmanship  of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation since 2010, having been appointed to lead  this independent agency  by President Barack Obama and  oversee  the federal review process known as Section 106 as well as  other key responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966; For his service as the California State Historic Preservation Officer from 2004 to 2012, having been appointed by the governor to lead the largest state preservation agency at a time of unprecedented challenges; For championing greater cultural awareness and inclusiveness of Indian tribes and other diverse communities in the national historic preservation movement; For his farsighted recognition of the value and significance of mid-20th century architecture and preservation of sites associated with human exploration into space; and For his long-standing dedication to the stewardship of our built environment – as the founder of an exemplary and leading historic architecture practice that has had a positive impact on public and private properties in the southwest, educator, disaster response advisor, sustainable reuse of historic structures expert – thereby providing vital experience, creativity, and leadership when they were  greatly needed.

Donaldson was accompanied by his wife Laurie, who is pictured in the photo taken at the ceremony.

Posted November 18, 2014