2016 Recognition Award WInners
Gold Medal / Alan Cobb, FAIA, LEED AP
President & CEO | Albert Kahn Associates
To all of his work, Alan brings the values of classic modernism and functionalism with sensitivity to the environment, concern for context and public well-being. Alan’s significant projects have appeared in over 220 articles and publications on design. Creating exceptional architecture as a social and visual art linking the human experience has been Alan Cobb’s passion throughout his 40 year career. He diligently pushes the boundaries of leading edge design, dedicating much of his time to educational, and community leadership. His dedication to mentoring others in architecture has impacted their many careers. Alan’s work and dedication has advanced the American Institute of Architects and the profession of architecture.
Alan has been an active participant in AIA Committees organized to contribute in many different areas. In the Government Affairs area, for many years Alan participated in Grassroots, visiting Capitol Hill (Carl Levin, Debbie Stabenow and Joe Knollenberg), also and helping others from Michigan and Detroit connect with the political network in Washington to try to make a difference for the profession. Alan has served as both the AIA Detroit President (2004) and AIA Michigan President (2010).
Charles Blessing Award / Khalil Mogassabi, AIA, AICP, LEED AP
Founding Principal | KM Planning
Khalil is founding principal of KM Planning Group, an international planning and urban design consulting practice in Birmingham, MI; and KM Planning Studio, a community planning and design studio which provides services to neighborhood groups, non-profits and business associations. Inspired into planning and public service by Charles A. Blessing, his instructor and mentor, Khalil has developed tools to shape the city’s public realm including design standards and guidelines. He led various sustainability initiatives and served as co-chair of the Detroit Green Task Force Water Subcommittee which produced the Detroit Water Agenda, Detroit’s first community-driven water sustainability document.
In a recent two-year collaboration, Khalil partnered with AIA Detroit Urban Priorities Committee and NOMA to revive an overlooked section of the Michigan Avenue commercial corridor from I-96 to Livernois; and inspired business owners to fully engage in the planning and design process and assisted them in realizing their vision.
Khalil has served on the City of Birmingham Historic District Commission and Design Review Board and the Design Review Advisory Board for the Detroit New Center Council, Inc. He has served as a moderator, guest lecturer, visiting critic, design jury panelist for UDM, LTU, Wayne State, UM-Dearborn, CCS and Harvard GSD; and has mentored architectural students through AIA Michigan Mentoring Network.
Young Architect Award / Diana Khadr, AIA, LEED AP
Project Architect | inFORM studio
Ms. Diana Khadr, AIA, LEED AP is being honored as the recipient of the 2016 Young Architect Award. During her tenure as an Associate at SmithGroupJJR, Diana was recognized as a standout within the firm, and matured quickly from team contributor to team leader. She has served clients well as the lead for numerous projects and has been heavily involved in community service, from initiating an annual Heart Walk team in her office, to volunteering with Zaman International, and leading the firm's CANstruction efforts. She serves as a mentor to recent architecture graduates, and has participated in ULI’s Larson Leadership program. Diana recently joined the inFORM studio team.
Associate Member Award / Réna Bradley, Associate AIA, LEED AP
Community Development Coordinator at Bridge of Grace’s Compassionate Ministries Center
Réna Bradley is a designer and community activist. Her experience working across the private, public and nonprofit sectors, has taught her that design is a tool to develop not only places, but a sense of wellbeing, unity, joy and agency in individuals and communities. In her current position as Bridge of Grace’s Community Development Coordinator, she uses design as a tool to mobilize youth, residents, and volunteers who want to make a difference in their neighborhood.
A former Detroit Revitalization Fellow and VSAIA: Emerging Leader in Architecture, Réna earned her degree in architecture from Howard University.
Honorary Affiliate Award / Alexander Mills, CTS, AIA-PA, DMC-D-4K
Vice President Sales at TVS Communication Solutions
Alex Mills experience spans the United States from coast to coast. His experience covers the audio and video communications industry. Working as an Art Director in the Television and Motion Picture studio for Kessler Air Force Base, Biloxi, MS. He then went on to run the Medical Television, Illustration, and Photography Labs for Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. He then moved into Cable TV production and studio operations for Cablevision Systems Chicago as the Studio Manager in charge of 10 TV studios around Chicago. Mills then returned to Michigan to work in the System Integration, Commercial TV production, and Live Event business with Dubois & Ruddy Productions, Mobile Images, Associates Creative, BKM&M Advertising, Bluewater Technologies Group, and as a certified AV Technology Consultant for Michigan based companies, before joining the staff of TVS Communication Solutions in Detroit, MI. Mills will be working with clients on new business development and account management for rentals, live events, television production and System integration design as their new Vice President of Sales.