AIA Wisconsin News Release
Wisconsin Architect Lisa Kennedy Receives
Top Honor: The 2005 AIA Wisconsin "Golden Award"
May 4, 2005
Architect Lisa L. Kennedy, AIA, Whitefish Bay, has been selected
to receive the prestigious 2005 “Golden Award” from AIA Wisconsin, the
state society of The American Institute of Architects (AIA).
The Golden Award is the highest honor that the state architects' society
can confer upon a member architect. Kennedy is being recognized for
her significant contributions to The American Institute of Architects
at the local, state and national levels, her distinguished service to
the profession of architecture on licensing and other government affairs
issues and the inspiration she has provided other architects to get
involved and make a difference in shaping their profession and their
The Golden Award was presented to Kennedy during a special awards program
on May 4 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in
Madison. The event was held in conjunction with the 2005 AIA Wisconsin
Convention & Expo.
The first Golden Award was presented by the Wisconsin Society of Architects
in 1986. Kennedy is the eighteenth Wisconsin architect to receive the
“Lisa Kennedy's record of service and leadership epitomizes
the purpose for which the Golden Award was established,” said Cherie
Claussen, AIA, Wauwatosa, 2005 President of AIA Wisconsin. “From helping
to lead the national architecture student organization in the early
1980s to chairing last year's national AIA Convention, she has consistently
inspired her fellow architects to make the profession of ever-increasing
value to our communities.”
Kennedy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee ,
receiving a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies in 1981 and
a Master of Architecture in 1984. She became a registered architect
Kennedy started and operated her own practice for a dozen years in
the Milwaukee area, offering architectural and interior design services.
She currently serves as the director of design and construction for
BF Companies, Inc., in Oak Creek .
In 1994, Kennedy was elected as the President of the Wisconsin Society
of Architects, which was the name of the state society of the AIA at
that time. She was the youngest architect and first women to serve in
this capacity. Kennedy previously served as the 1991 President of the
local AIA Southeast Wisconsin chapter, as well as the first student
representative (1983) and first associate representative (1985) on the
state AIA Board of Directors.
In 1996, Kennedy became an adjunct faculty member at the University
of Wisconsin – Milwaukee . She also was appointed by the Governor as
a professional member of the Architect Section of the Joint Examining
Board in the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing. In 1997,
Kennedy received the Outstanding Woman of Achievement Award from the
YWCA of Greater Milwaukee and was recognized by the Business Journal as one of the “40 Under 40” business leaders in the Milwaukee
From 2001 through 2003, Kennedy served on the national AIA Board of
Directors, representing architects in Wisconsin , Minnesota , South
Dakota and North Dakota . During her tenure, she served on the AIA Government
Affairs Advisory Committee and as chair of the jury for the Institute
Honors for Collaborative Achievement Awards. In 2004, Kennedy chaired
the national AIA Convention in Chicago .
With 1,500 members, AIA Wisconsin is the statewide 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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