2016 Council AwardsCategory
Lifetime Achievement: Beverly Willis, FAIA .
Beverly Willis, FAIA, also received the Lifetime Achievement award, and was also recommended unanimously by the jury. “She is an amazing woman,” one juror commented, “her focus on service as well as design is unsurpassed.” Beverly Willis has been a dedicated architect, urbanist, philanthropist, activist, artist, writer, lecturer, founder of the Beverly Willis Architectural Foundation, and past president of the AIACC.
After expanding her artwork to include industrial and architectural design, she embraced the industrial design axiom that good design “sells”. With that mantra in mind, she pursued a career in architecture and pioneered the historic preservation and reuse movement in San Francisco. Over the next six decades, Beverly’s work portfolio grew to over 800 buildings with notable and award winning properties.
In addition to her notoriety for the quality of her work, Beverly also has a distinguished career of service holding positions never held by a woman before both within the AIA and beyond. Beverly is a role model and a transformational leader, leading the profession or architecture toward a more equitable, innovative, and influential future.