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