2016 FRANCIS GASSNER AWARD Honors AIA Memphis Member Louis R. Pounders, FAIA

This week marks the 10th year since Louis R. Pounders joined ANF Architects. We were thrilled to learn this week that Louis is being honored as the 2016 recipient of the Francis Gassner Award.

The Francis Gassner Award was established in 1977 to commemorate an extraordinary architect,  Francis P. Gassner,  who practiced in Memphis from the Fifties until his death in 1977. To continue his legacy of design excellence, of service to the profession, and of leadership to our community, AIA Memphis honors each year an architect or member of a related profession for outstanding contributions to the quality of the built environment in Memphis. 

Louis R. Pounders, FAIA, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, received a BA from Rhodes College in 1968 and attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he received his Master of Architecture degree. 

He worked for I. M. Pei & Partners in New York City and Boston, working on such projects as the Choate School Fine Arts Center in Connecticut and the Christian Science Church Headquarters in Boston, both of which received a National American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award for Architecture. While working in New York, he co-authored a design entry for the Centre Pompidou Arts Center competition in Paris, France. Of the 699 entries worldwide, his scheme was one of 20 selected for Second Place recognition. 

In 1972, he returned to Memphis to join the architectural firm of Gassner Nathan & Browne, where he became a Partner in 1980. In 1993, he joined an old friend to create Williamson Pounders Architects (WPA) specializing in institutional, educational and religious projects. His work has received 43 national, regional, state, and local design awards and many of the buildings were published. His projects include the Tunica RiverPark in Mississippi, which won a National AISC Design Award, Lichterman Nature Center, which received an AIA TN Award, the Alex Haley Interpretive Center, which received a AIA Gulf States Award, and the Metropolitan Interfaith Association Headquarters (MIFA) in Memphis, which was a finalist for a 2003 National AIA Honor Award for Architecture. 

Read more about Louis R. Pounders and the Francis Gassner Award....

Read the Commercial Appeal Article about Pounders' Award...

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