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27 June 2014

Savannah College of Art & Design Takes Honors at American Institute of Architects Convention

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) was recognized for three honors by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) at the institute's national convention held in Chicago, 26-28 June.

AIA's elected leadership, jury members and component staff acknowledged the 2014 AIA Honor Award recipients, including the SCAD Museum of Art (MOA) as the recipient of the 2014 American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Architecture; SCAD School of Building Arts Dean Christian Sottile as the recipient of the AIA Young Architects Award; and SCAD Master of Architecture student, Adam Drummond, as one of five recipients of the 2014 AIA Fellowship for Emerging Leaders.

(Dean Christian Sottile with a few of the other AIA Young Architects Award recipients being honored at the AIA Convention. Image courtesy SCAD)
The SCAD MOA, the largest historic preservation project in SCAD history, reinforces the university's dedication to adaptive reuse and urban revitalization. Dubbed one of the eleven coolest buildings in North America by CNN3, the finished museum site includes the former headquarters of the Central of Georgia Railroad as well as the masonry ruins of a freight warehouse, both constructed in the mid-19th century. This National Historic Landmark is the only surviving antebellum railroad complex in the country.

The AIA Young Architects Award is a prestigious award given to individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their architecture career. Sottile, who serves as the dean of the School of Building Arts at SCAD, is a visionary leader in the urban renewal of Savannah, the largest National Landmark Historic District in the United States. His firm, Sottile & Sottile has authored several landmark city plans, including the Civic Master Plan for the East Riverfront in Savannah and the SCAD Museum of Art.

Sottile's work has been featured in the New York Times, Preservation Magazine, Architect Magazine and Architectural Digest. As the Dean of the School of Building Arts, Sottile oversees disciplines including architecture, architectural history, historic preservation, interior design, furniture design and urban design.

The AIA Board of Directors Class of 2013 offered five fellowships in the amount of $1,000 each to allow future generations of architects the opportunity to attend the AIA Convention. SCAD Masters of Architecture student, Adam Drummond, was selected as one of five students to receive the Emerging Leaders fellowship. At the AIA Convention, Drummond is being paired with two AIA Board of Director members, who will help to enrich his convention experience and professional network opportunities.

"We're honored to be recognized by the leaders of the architecture industry at the AIA Convention," said SCAD President and Co-Founder Paula Wallace. "I am delighted to congratulate SCAD School of Building Arts Dean Christian Sottile on his well deserved 2014 Young Architects Award. Dean Sottile truly sets the standard in architectural education as a classicist, innovator and in-demand architect."

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor's and master's degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors.