The AIA Southwest Washington Honors and Awards Programs are part of a long-standing AIA tradition of recognizing individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture and the AIA. Through these popular member programs, we aim to celebrate each other’s accomplishments and increase the public awareness of AIA Southwest Washington and the profession of Architecture.
2017 Honor Awards Program
Awards Gala – November 2 at the Tacoma Art Museum.
AIA Southwest Washington Honor Award (Annual)
Recognize excellence in architectural design by local members of the American Institute of Architects, and in doing so advance the public recognition and contributions of its members, their firms, and their profession to society.
Educate the public about the importance of quality design in creating healthy vibrant communities, to encourage clients to strive for higher design goals, and to acknowledge their support of quality design.
Provide member architects an important vehicle for peer recognition.
Past Recipients of the AIA Southwest Washington Honor Award
Charles T. Pearson Award (Semi-Annual)
Charles Pearson was a leader among his peers in bettering our community through the practice of architecture and his personal volunteer efforts. Chuck, along with Charles Lea and John Richards began their architectural office in 1937. Lea, Pearson and Richards were tremendously successful and was the largest office in Tacoma for decades, involved in projects across the state.
Professionally, Chuck was one of the founders of the Southwest Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and was its third President in 1958. He was President of AIA Washington Council in 1962 and was elected to the College of Fellows of the AIA in 1973.
In addition to his professional involvement, he liberally gave of his time to better his community. In 1954 he was President of Downtown Tacoma Rotary and in 1969 he was the President of the Chamber of Commerce.
The AIA SWW Chapter endeavors to recognize member architects in our community who are serving in the spirit exemplified by Chuck Pearson during his professional career. Please review the invitation for nominations and nomination form for further information. If you know of someone who would make an outstanding candidate, take a moment and nominate them.
Recipients of the Charles T. Pearson Award
James McGranahan, FAIA – 2013
Randy Cook, AIA – 2011
Morton Safford James III, AIA – 2009
Gary Chandler, AIA – 2007
Peter Rasmusen, FAIA – 2005
Ilmar Reinvald, FAIA – 2003
Alan Liddle, FAIA – 2001
Jim Merritt , FAIA -1998
Jim Harris, FAIA – 1996