Memphis Architect Louis R. Pounders Awarded AIA Tennessee Lifetime Achievement Award

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Tennessee awarded Memphis architect Louis R. Pounders, FAIA, of ANF Architects the AIA Tennessee William Strickland Lifetime Achievement Award at the AIA TN Convention in Nashville on July 31st.

This is the highest honor bestowed by the organization. Pounders is the third recipient of the Strickland Award and the first from Memphis.

AIA Tennessee established the William Strickland Lifetime Achievement Award for the Profession of Architecture to recognize achievements of those architects who, by their skill, professionalism, dedication, ability, and commitment, have consistently fostered quality in the built environment, creating a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.

The award is named after William Strickland, the architect who designed the Tennessee State Capitol Building in Nashville completed in 1859. Strickland is entombed in the northeast wall of the building and his portrait hangs in the Hall of Governors. 

Pounders was selected to receive this honor for advancing the art of architecture and elevating the profession through his steadfast pursuit of design excellence for over 40 years. His professionalism and unwavering commitment to quality have consistently resulted in design work that engages the eye and uplifts the spirit.  He has produced a diverse body of distinguished work, has been a spokesman for quality design, and has served as a role model for architects aspiring to achieve architectural excellence. 

Pounders’s work has received 43 national, regional, state and local design awards and includes such local projects as the MIFA Headquarters, the Lichterman Nature Center, seven WONDERS Exhibitions and the Tunica RiverPark on the Mississippi River.  Pounders served on the national AIA Honor Awards Jury, the AIA Gold Medal and Architecture Firm Award Jury and was the Chair of the national AIA Committee on Design, the first architect from Tennessee to hold this position. 

Posted by Eli Cloud at 8:36 AM
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