College of Fellows Inducts 2006 Class

American Institute of Architects inducts 82 architects into 2006 class College of Fellows at Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles

On June 9, 2006 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Bob Miller, President, R. Miller Architecture was invested into the American Institute of Architects, College of Fellows. Fellow, is the highest honor bestowed upon a member architect recognizing the individual for his/her contribution to society and the profession.

“On this auspicious occasion, we are privileged to be in such a splendid space,” said Ted Pappas, FAIA, chancellor of the College of Fellows. “Disney Concert Hall was designed by Frank Gehry, FAIA to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, providing both visual and aural intimacy. This setting is spectacular with the stainless steel curves of its striking exteriors and its state-of-the-art acoustics of the hardwood-paneled main auditorium. The 3.6 acre complex embodies the unique energy and creative spirit of Los Angeles.”

The 2006 Fellows Jury Chair Mark Reddington, FAIA of Seattle called on the new members of the College of Fellows, each was joined by a former president and escorted to the stage and escorted back to the seats by a former chancellor to signify their path and entry into the college. To confirm their contributions to the profession, they received the fellowship medal, the AIA’s highest membership honor, from AIA President Kate Schwennsen of Iowa.

Reddington stated the following about Bob Miller as he accepted his medal, “Offering not just his services, but his heart, Bob Miller has worked tirelessly for the well being of others. His exemplary life exudes compassion and excellence and he represents his colleagues and profession with the most extraordinary expressions of ingenious forethought, compassion and excellence.”

The ceremony concluded with grandeur as the organ with 6,134 pipes played Pomp and Circumstance. New members of the College received their fellowship and, as well, two standing ovations from their family and friends.

(By Kim Esteban, Excerpts taken from the AIA National news release from Tracy Ostroff 6/2006)

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