The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2015 Jury of Fellows recently bestowed the high honor of elevating Don Horn, Deputy Director, GSA Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, to its prestigious College of Fellows. Although the AIA has more than 85,000 members, there are only 3,200 or so distinguished with the honor of fellow.
Donald R. Horn, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is a true leader in green-building policy development and advocacy within the federal government. His outstanding work impacts national standards and architectural practices to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of all buildings across the country. Horn serves GSA and the nation by promoting environmentally responsible decision-making for buildings. He works tirelessly to translate green-building strategies and ideals into regulations and guidance the federal government can use to meet building performance goals.
The AIA Fellowship Program was developed to honor architects who have made a significant and sustaining contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to the fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual, but also honors before the public and the profession a model architect, one who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national and international level.
Kevin Kampschroer, Director, GSA Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, had high praise for his deputy:
“Don Horn’s pioneering leadership in building sustainability put GSA in the forefront of delivering buildings that enhance the work lives of people in office buildings and reduce their environmental impact. “It is wonderful that the AIA has recognized Don’s work with this signal honor.”
Horn has worked nationally and internationally to influence green-building guidance and policies on numerous committees and boards. He has worked for GSA for nearly 25 years in both sustainability and historic preservation. Horn holds architecture degrees from the University of Virginia and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
The work of Horn, and other fellows, demonstrates the power of architecture to address some of the world’s most-pressing challenges, such as energy and water conservation, community transformation, and innovation in educational environments.
The 2015 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2015 National AIA Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta, GA, May 14-16. They will also be celebrated at the AIA Seattle Honors Dinner on May 30.