The American Institute of Architects today announced that Clyde Porter, FAIA, will receive its 2009 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award. Barbara Nadel, FAIA, will be honored with the 2009 Edward C. Kemper Award for Service to the Profession. The association’s Twenty-Five Year Award for 2009 will go to Faneuil Hall in Boston by Benjamin Thompson & Associates.
The Whitney M. Young Jr. Award is given each year to an architect or organization “exemplifying the profession’s responsibility toward current social issues.” Both in his present position as the vice chancellor of facilities for the Dallas County Community College District and as former chief architect of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit agency, Porter has championed female- and minority-run firms, and sought to ensure that minority and low-income students have the educational opportunities and encouragement they need to pursue careers in architecture. Winning this award “means that all of my work to try to be inclusive has paid off,” says Porter. “It’s all about doing what’s right for the betterment of all people.”