College of Architecture and Planning

CAP Alumni Awards

Each year during Alumni Day, the Governing Board of the CAP Alumni Society recognizes the professional accomplishments of alumni with two categories of awards. 

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is given to selected alumni with 15 years or more of professional experience who have achieved positions of influence and national or international reputations in their fields.  In addition, Awards of Outstanding Achievement are made to selected alumni who are making outstanding contributions to their profession and to society. 

2015 Award Nominations

There is a two part process to the alumni award program. A call for formal nominations is sent out at the beginning of each calendar year.  This year, nominations are due to Lori Pence in the Dean’s Office of CAP by March 30, 2015.

All nominees will be notified in writing and are then invited to electronically submit a final award application which is a comprehensive summary of their professional accomplishments, letters of support and a letter highlighting their professional contributions.  Final submissions for nominees are due May 4, 2015, for review by a jury of CAP alumni peers.

Winners will be notified in July 2015 and the awards presented at the Alumni Awards Banquet.

2014 Award Winners

The College of Architecture and Planning will host the Annual Alumni Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at the Alumni Center. Five exceptional alumni, along with the Charles M. Sappenfield Award of Excellence recipient, will be honored during the dinner. The cost to attend the dinner is $27 per person. Reservations can be made by contacting Lori Pence at 765-285-5879 or lpence@bsu.edu.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is given to selected alumni with 15 years or more of professional experience who have achieved positions of influence and national or international reputations in their fields.

This year's Distinguished Alumnus Award winner is Thomas Baker, AIA (BArch '74).

During his 40-year-long career working with some of the world’s most famous architects, Tom Baker has directed numerous award winning projects totaling over seven million square feet of area and $4 billion of construction. As Technical Director at Rogers Partners in New York, Tom brings to each project of the firm the depth of his experience on convention centers, performing arts facilities, museums, university buildings, corporate headquarters and sports facilities. He believes architecture is a public art, which can successfully balance the best aspirations of our society with each project’s program, schedule and budget.

“There are only a few architects who truly achieve such world-class results; working quietly and effectively throughout the profession. Tom has successfully pioneered, executed and shared his knowledge of realizing buildings across the United States,” says Robert M. Rogers, FAIA, and partner at Rogers Partners. “Furthermore, his work occurs at perhaps the profession’s most strategic intersection: of art, materiality, durability and sustainability.”  

Awards of Outstanding Achievement are made to selected alumni who are making outstanding contributions to their profession and to society. The following alumni have been selected as 2014 recipients for this award:

  • Ms. Rebecca Leonard, AICP, PLA, LEED-AP (BS ’95, MURP '97), Principal, Shareholder and President at Design Workshop in Houston, TX.  
  • Mr. Dan Overbey, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C (BArch '05), Associate, Director of Sustainability at Browning, Day, Mullins, Dierdorf Architects in Indianapolis, IN. 
  • Mr. Steven Spears, PLA, AICP (BLA '99), Partner at Design Workshop in Houston, TX.
  • Ms. Amy Williams, AICP (BUPD '04, MURP '05), Partner and Principal at Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group in Louisville, KY.

The Charles M. Sappenfield Award of Excellence is named in honor of the founding Dean of the College, under whose leadership it opened its doors in the fall of 1966.  This award is given to professors chosen by the alumni represented by the Governing Board “in recognition of outstanding dedication, contribution and commitment to the education of the students of the College of Architecture and Planning.”  Associate Professor of Architecture, Andrea Swartz, is the 2014 award winner.

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