Washington, DC—National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ President Robert E. Luke, AIA, (2006- 2007) recently awarded the President's Medal for Distinguished Service to Mary “Teeny” Simmons, of Baton Rouge, LA, in recognition of her long and distinguished service to the Council and its’ mission.
For 32 years as the executive director of the Louisiana Board of Architectural Examiners, Simmons has guided emerging professionals and architects through the registration process. Simmons has been named to a number of committees and lent her perspective to a diverse range of Council issues and initiatives, including efforts to sustain and improve the Intern Development Program. One of Simmons’ most significant contributions was serving as an integral member of the Disaster Response Task Force. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, she has been a steady, knowledgeable presence for Louisiana’s architectural community.
Simmons’ 32 years as a Member Board Executive (MBE) makes her the longest serving MBE in NCARB history. She started her career as a secretary when the Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners was one of nine boards under the Department of Occupational Standards. Less than a year later, when the Louisiana legislature abolished the department and made each board independent of one another in 1975, the Architectural board asked Simmons to serve as their executive director.
Simmons was honored during NCARB's 88th Annual Meeting and Conference, held last month in Denver, CO. The President's Medal awards program was established in 1994 to recognize those individuals who dedicate part of their careers, energy, and wisdom to benefit the work of NCARB, the public, and the architectural profession.
“I love my job and the people who cross my path on a daily, weekly, monthly or annual basis. I thank the Lord daily for allowing me the privilege of serving others and trying to make a difference,” Simmons stated after receiving the President’s Medal.
Simmons attended Louisiana State University and graduated from Spencer Draughn Business College in Baton Rouge. She is very active in the Fellowship Baptist Church in Greenwell Springs, LA.