AIA Wisconsin News Release
Wisconsin Architect Robert Cooper Receives
Top Honor: The 2004 AIA Wisconsin "Golden Award"
April 14, 2004
Architect Robert D. Cooper, AIA, Greenfield, has been selected to receive
the prestigious 2004 "Golden Award" from AIA Wisconsin, the state society
of The American Institute of Architects.
The Golden Award is the highest honor that the state architects society
can confer upon a member architect. Cooper is being recognized as an architect
who has performed most distinguished leadership and service, advanced the profession
of architecture and provided inspiration to fellow practitioners. He is the seventeenth
recipient of the AIA Wisconsin Golden Award.
The Golden Award will be formally presented to Cooper during a special awards
program on April 28 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in
Madison. The event is being held in conjunction with the 2004 AIA Wisconsin Convention
"Bob Cooper is a well-known and highly respected leader of Wisconsins
design and construction industry," said Michael Eberle, AIA, Madison, President
of AIA Wisconsin. "As a long-time member and distinguished leader of AIA
Wisconsin, he has contributed his time and talents to advocate for excellence
in architectural design, strengthen the profession, mentor future architects and
improve the quality of life in our communities."
Cooper is a design principal with Eppstein Uhen Architects, Inc. in Milwaukee
and a leader in the firms public/education studio. Over the last eleven
years, he has demonstrated his design talents on many of the firms high-profile
and complex projects, such as Miller Park, Alverno Colleges Teaching, Learning
and Technology Center and the Milwaukee RiverWalk System, as well as projects
for Wisconsin State Fair Park, Summerfest and Marquette University.
Prior to joining Eppstein Uhen Architects, Cooper, as a vice president with Miller,
Meier, Kenyon, Cooper Architects & Associates, was involved with the design
of numerous other notable Milwaukee projects, including the Golda Meir Library
addition at UW-Milwaukee, the MATC Student Center, Milwaukee Countys Mental
Health Center and the terminal expansion at General Mitchell International Airport.
In terms of service to the profession of architecture, Cooper served with distinction
as the President of AIA Southeast Wisconsin in 1983 and as the 1987 President
of AIA Wisconsin, which at that time was called the Wisconsin Society of Architects.
An influential leader of the profession, he worked effectively with allied groups
to promote economic development, control the cost of professional liability insurance,
oppose legislation to expand the state sales tax to professional and business
services, and assist public owners in the qualifications-based selection of architects.
As the chair of the state AIA Design Awards program from 1990 through 1995, he
helped to increase public awareness of architecture through the recognition of
Wisconsin architects for excellence in architectural design.
Throughout his career, Cooper has unselfishly invested in the future of the
profession by mentoring architectural interns and young architects. Having received
a tuition scholarship from the Wisconsin Architects Foundation (WAF) as an architecture
student at Carnegie Mellon University in the 1960s, he worked to significantly
increase scholarship support for Wisconsin architecture students during his tenure
as a member and an officer of the WAF Board of Directors from 1989 to 1996.
In addition to his significant contributions to AIA Wisconsin and the profession
of architecture, Cooper has demonstrated his commitment to improving the quality
of life in Wisconsin by taking on numerous community leadership roles. Examples
of his community involvement include serving on the Public Art Subcommittee of
the City of Milwaukee Arts Board (1995-2004), Design Review Advisory Board for
the Milwaukee County Parks (1993-2004), Percent for Art Selection Committee of
the Wisconsin Arts Board (2001 & 2003), Economic Development Committee for
the City of Greenfield (1988-1996) and as president of the City of Greenfield
Library Board (1990-1995).
"Bob Coopers record of service and leadership is truly inspirational
and epitomizes the purpose for which the Golden Award was established," noted
AIA Wisconsin President Eberle.
With 1,500 members, AIA Wisconsin is the state professional society representing
architects, architectural interns, students and allied design and construction
industry leaders. AIA Wisconsin members include architects in private practice,
business, industry, government and education.
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