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U.VA.'s Elizabeth Lawson Elected to AIA College of Fellows

April 2, 1999 -- University of Virginia architect Elizabeth W. Lawson, manager of academic capital programs for U.Va.'s Facilities Planning and Construction Department, has been elected by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to its prestigious College of Fellows for her notable contributions to the advancement of the profession.

She is among 97 architects nationwide chosen this year for the honor, awarded to AIA members who have made contributions of national significance in architecture, education, building, the environment or public service.

Lawson was cited especially for her career public service work, her efforts to advance the living standards of people through improved environment, and for her instrumental role in the formation of a new Central Virginia AIA chapter. She will receive her fellowship medal during a ceremony at the AIA national convention in Dallas May 7.

Lawson joined the staff of the U.Va.'s Facilities Management in 1990. Prior to that, she had worked as an architect and planner in private practice and with firms in Philadelphia. At the University of Virginia, she has been responsible for overseeing more than 30 highly praised projects including Bryan Hall, which houses the University's English Department; the Brown College Elevator, which won the AIA Central Virginia 1998 Honor Award for Design Excellence; the Physics Building Addition; the Aquatic and Fitness Center, and Commonwealth Hall at the University of Virginia's College at Wise, which was awarded a Progressive Architecture citation in 1996 and the Virginia AIA Honor Award for Design Excellence in 1998.

In 1993, Lawson and her partner, U.Va. architecture professor Michael Bednar, purchased and restored "The Farm," a landmark Charlottesville residence built in 1826 by two Jefferson workmen. It had deteriorated and was long vacant. In 1995 "The Farm" received the Preservation Award of the Thomas Jefferson Branch of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities and, in 1997 the Frederick Doveton Nichols Award of the Preservation Alliance of Virginia. A central Virginia landmark, "The Farm" was featured in numerous publications.

Lawson received her B.A. and architectural degrees from Rice University.

Other U.Va. faculty members who are AIA fellows include Samuel A. (Pete) Anderson III, architect for the University; James Murray Howard, the University's curator and architect for its historic buildings; architecture dean William McDonough; and architecture professor Michael Bednar and professor emeritus Robert L. Vickery.

Contact: Betty Wooding, (804) 982-5846

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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