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Appleton Architect Thomas Cox, AIA,
Receives Profession's Top Honor: 2012 AIA Wisconsin "Golden Award"

Thomas Cox, AIAMadison (April 18, 2012) — Architect Thomas R. Cox, AIA, Appleton, has been selected to receive the 2012 “Golden Award” from AIA Wisconsin, the state society of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Golden Award is the highest honor the state architects’ society can bestow upon a member architect.

Cox is being recognized for his distinguished volunteer leadership of the Institute and demonstrated commitment to advancing the architectural profession. Throughout his career, Cox has been a proactive member and has served in a long list of AIA leadership positions at the local, state and national level. He also has earned the enviable reputation as a champion and advocate for integrated project delivery and sustainable design, two important trends that are changing the profession and the way in which architects practice.

The Golden Award will be presented formally to Cox during a special awards program on May 2 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. The event is being held in conjunction with the 2012 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo. The first Golden Award was conferred by the Wisconsin Society of Architects in 1986. Cox is the twenty-fifth Wisconsin architect to receive the award.

 “Tom Cox is being honored for his exceptional contributions as a dedicated leader who has advanced the profession of architecture in both words and deeds,” remarked AIA Wisconsin president Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale, in announcing the selection. “Tom is a most deserving recipient of the 2012 Golden Award. We are grateful for his 30 years of inspiring service, impressive commitment and remarkable leadership on behalf of his fellow members to strengthen the profession of architecture and improve our communities by design.”

Cox is the president of Cox Group Architects, LLC, an integrated project delivery firm based in Appleton, specializing in sustainable educational facilities with a focus on collaborative sustainable design and construction services. He also is a consultant on integrated project delivery, co-authoring the AIA/AGC Primer on Project Delivery and speaking widely on this topic. Receiving his architecture degree from the University of Nebraska, Cox began his leadership path as an active member of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).

When he moved to Appleton with his family in 1997, Cox quickly became involved with the local all volunteer AIA Northeast Wisconsin chapter. He was elected as the 2000 president of the local AIA chapter. In 2001, Cox was appointed to the AIA Wisconsin executive committee; and he served as the 2003 state AIA president. During his leadership of AIA Wisconsin, Cox led a successful initiative to strengthen relationships and increase collaboration with allied design and construction industry organizations, represented the state on the national AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE), and coordinated successful professional development programs on emerging technology and design tools, firm management, ownership transition and integrated practice topics. A staunch advocate for sustainable design, he was instrumental in the creation of the Sustainability & Energy Efficiency (SE²) Leadership Awards program sponsored by the Focus on Energy, AIA Wisconsin and other allied organizations. Cox also was elected to the board of directors of the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance in 2003 and served as the president of this organization in 2008 and 2009.

Cox currently serves on the national AIA Board of Directors, representing architects in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. In addition, he is the co-chair of the AIA’s Center for Integrated Practice (CIP) Leadership Group, which recently drafted the national position statement on project delivery.

“There is no greater joy than being recognized for participating in areas that you are passionate about,” remarked Tom Cox, AIA, when the award was announced. “It’s truly a great honor to receive the Golden Award and be a part of the collective voice of our profession.”

With over 1,300 members, AIA Wisconsin is the statewide professional society representing architects, architectural interns, students and allied design and construction industry leaders. AIA members include architects in private practice, business, industry, government and education.  Founded in 1911, AIA Wisconsin is celebrating 100 years of leadership through architectural design and advocacy.  

Media Contacts

William Babcock, Hon. AIA, (608) 257-8477

Thomas Cox, AIA (920) 475-4088

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