NCARB Names Recipients of 2006 President’s Medal for Distinguished Service

Washington DC—H. Carleton Godsey, FAIA, the 2005-2006 president of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), recently awarded the President's Medal for distinguished service to six individuals who have made significant contributions to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare through their service to NCARB and to the practice of architecture.

The 2006 medalists were honored at the close of NCARB's 87th Annual Meeting and Conference, which was held in late June in Cincinnati, OH. The President's Medal was first awarded in 1994 in order to recognize those indi­viduals who dedicate a considerable part of their careers, energy, and wisdom to benefit the public and the archi­tectural profession.

Working with their NCARB counterparts, Stuart Howard, MAIBC, former chair of the Committee of Canadian Architectural Councils, and José “Pepe” Manuel Reachi Mora, current president of the Federación de Colegios de Arquitectos de la República Mexicana, helped to guide the final phase of the Tri-National Mutual Recognition Agreement. After many years of negotiations, the agreement will provide a framework in which qualified U.S., Canadian, and Mexican architects can pursue practice opportunities in one another's jurisdiction. Both Howard and Mora fully supported this initiative. They were recognized for their commitment, work ethic, and friendship.

For several years, Doreen Johnson Frost has deftly led the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design as its executive director. In addition to her board-level responsibilities, Frost has earned a reputation as one of NCARB's hardest working and most generous volunteer committee members. She has been named to the Member Board Executives (MBE) Committee by three different Council presidents and most recently served as MBE Committee chair. Frost was honored for her remark­ably broad perspective and outstanding service to NCARB.

For more than 25 years, Kim Brown Garrison has been an integral member of the NCARB staff. She began her career at the Council as part of the Record Services directorate and steadily gained experience and knowledge of NCARB operations. Garrison currently is the senior manager of the professional development program, where she guides NCARB's well-regarded monograph series and serves as the “public face” of NCARB at local, regional, and national conferences. Garrison was recognized for her myriad contributions to NCARB and its wide-ranging con­stituencies.

Architect Renis O. Jones Jr., FAIA, of Montgomery, AL, was celebrated for more than 50 years of service to the profession of architecture, including five terms on the Alabama Board for Registration of Architects. As a well-respected regulator, Jones chaired the Alabama Board five times, served as regional chair of the Southern Conference, and was elected to the NCARB Board of Directors for two consecutive terms. He also has lent his knowledge and expertise to several Council committees, including the Committee on Examination, which guides the development and administration of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). Jones is a long-standing volunteer within the American Institute of Architects as well as a civic and community leader.

C. Stan Peterson, FAIA, an architect based in Topeka, KS, was honored as a dedicated and noteworthy regulatory leader. He completed a 13-year tenure on the Kansas State Board of Technical Professions, which he twice chaired. Peterson also is a former member of the NCARB Board of Directors as well as a former regional chair of the Central States Conference. His volunteer committee service include three years as a member of the Council's vital Procedures and Documents Committee (P&D) and two additional years as its chair. Under his leadership, P&D conducted a series of hearings on the responsibility for signing and sealing documents on architectural projects. Most recently, Peterson led the Governance and Disaster Response Task Forces, which addressed time-sensitive issues of great significance to NCARB.

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