Elizabeth Lawson Elected to AIA College of Fellows
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.
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
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.
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.
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
received her B.A. and architectural degrees from Rice University.
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