Jun 15, 2016 | Atlanta, GA
"The AIA 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 the architect as an individual, but also honors before the public and the profession a model architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level." - AIA
School of Archictecure alumni listed in alphabetical order by last name.
Karl A. Backus, FAIA
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
San Francisco, CA
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson is pleased to announce that Karl Backus has been elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. The Fellowship program was developed to recognize architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession on a national level.
Since joining the firm in 1983, Karl's collaborative approach has extended and enhanced the firm's reputation for design excellence. His sensitivity to place, focus on the accommodation of people, and innovative and expressive use of materials have garnered him significant recognition. Through his guidance and dedicated vision, he helped establish the firm’s fifth and largest office, located in San Francisco.
Karl takes great interest in academic, corporate, and residential projects. His experience designing specialized facilities for higher education has shaped his beliefs in respecting the physical, sociological, and historical context of place. He is also deeply passionate about architecture at the intimate scale. He has led design for several residences and sees each as an opportunity to explore methods of design to result in memorable architecture.
One of Karl’s most notable projects, Pixar Animation Studios, embodies many of his fundamental architectural principles—design to enhance productivity and enjoyment of place. Responding to the company’s growth and creativity, Karl and his team created an interactive environment with state-of-the-art amenities and a wide medley of collaborative gathering spaces. After 15 years, the project continues to be recognized for its organizational clarity and enhancement of the company’s culture.
Since 2001, Karl has also been instrumental in transforming the modern retail experience for Apple Inc. The unique features of the many stores he has designed help to enhance the company's brand and sense of community, with the architecture itself becoming an iconic symbol of Apple's creative spirit. After 15 years of collaboration, Karl continues to provide design leadership to the ever-evolving Apple Retail Program.
Karl is currently completing two projects at UC Davis: a state-of-the-art lecture hall and the Manetti Shrem Museum set to open in November. To read more about Karl and the many notable projects he has contributed to during his 33 years with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, visit www.bcj.com.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Architecture, 1979
Clymer Cease, FAIA
Clymer began his architectural career in 1976 and is currently a principal with Clark Nexsen, in Raleigh, North Carolina. He excels at leading collaborative teams to create exceptional facilities for civic, corporate, and educational clients.
His distinguished portfolio of work has been recognized with more than 30 AIA design awards. Among these, Hunt Library and Park Shops at NC State University have received national AIA/CAE Education Facility awards. While at Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee, the firm was honored in 2004 with the AIA North Carolina Outstanding Firm Award.
Clymer has served as Principal-in-Charge and as a board member at the FWA Group, Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee, and Clark Nexsen. He has also contributed to the community through leadership positions in a number of professional, arts, and service organizations.
Master of Architecture 1977
Liz York, FAIA, LEED-AP
Chief Sustainability Officer and Associate Director for Quality and Sustainability
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Liz York, FAIA, LEED-AP serves as Chief Sustainability Officer and Associate Director for Quality and Sustainability for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Liz, appointed as the first CSO for CDC in 2008, establishes sustainability in CDC policy and operations, implements healthy and sustainable work environments, and facilitates staff involvement in sustainability efforts. At CDC since 1999, she has served as a construction project manager, design architect, and design reviewer, working closely with laboratory, security and safety professionals on CDC’s high containment labs and protocols. She is a registered architect, and holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Architecture, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
In addition to her professional work, Liz has been a long time volunteer at Georgia Tech. She has been a chapter advisor for Alpha Gamma Delta promoting leadership and scholarship in the Greek community. She has been a mentor to students in Architecture, Industrial Design, Industrial Engineering, Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering. Liz spoke about sustainability and leadership at the GT Women’s Conference and the GT Energy Expo. She was a member of the GT Foundation Reunion Committee helping alumni across the nation reconnect with Tech.
In 2013, Liz’s work was recognized with a White House GreenGov Award for Green Innovation. Also that year, she was named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s inaugural Sustainability Who’s Who list, which highlights 50 men and women who are making strides in sustainability in metro Atlanta. Georgia Tech named Liz to the inaugural Greek Hall of Fame for her service and leadership in the Greek community in 2014. Most recently, Liz was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as a Fellow for her work to impact health and well-being by empowering architects to build better environments.
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 1990
Master of Architecture 1995
View all 2016 AIA Fellowship Recipients
Click on image(s) to view larger version(s)
Karl Alan Backus, FAIA
Heister Clymer Cease Jr., FAIA
Liz Harriss York, FAIA
Tia JewellCommunications & EventsSchool of ArchitectureGeorgia Tech