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Cedar Rapids Area Architects Recognized for Service

Friday, April 10, 2015  

Architects Recognized for Public Service in the Cedar Rapids/Marion/Mount Vernon area


Cedar Rapids, Iowa (April 8, 2015) Seven local architects and members of the American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter (AIA Iowa) have been recognized for their service to the communities of Cedar Rapids, Marion and Mount Vernon.  They are participants in the AIA Iowa Citizen Architect Program sponsored by AIA Iowa.

           

Mitch Bloomquist, Assoc. AIA, of SB2, was appointed as Commissioner of the Linn County Historic Preservation Commission. As Commissioner, Bloomquist practices and promotes a responsible and sensitive approach to preservation that goes beyond the visual aspects of a resource to preserve all of the experiential qualities. He hopes to increase the visibility and strengthen the presence of the Historic Preservation Commission through new programming and a fresh message.

 

David Martin, AIA, of Martin Gardner Architecture, serves as a board member of Uptown Marion, an Iowa Main Street Community. Martin is also co-chair of Uptown Marion’s Design Committee. As a building and business owner located in the Uptown district, he participates in the Art in the Alley project- a supported ongoing community rebranding effort. Martin serves as a liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission of the City of Marion.

 

Also of Martin Gardner Architecture, Kyle Martin, AIA, serves as the secretary for City of Marion Park Board, secretary for the Housing Fund for Linn County, and Chairman of the Cedar Rapids DeMolay Advisory Board. As secretary of the City of Marion Park Board, Martin approves staff minutes and proceedings. As secretary of the Housing Fund for Linn County, he records board proceedings and participates on the Public Relations and Advocacy subcommittees. As the Chairman of the DeMolay Advisory Board which provides leadership and public speaking activities for young men aged 12-21, Martin coordinates adult advisors for all weekly activities and helps the adult board steer programming and funds.

 

Bruce Hamous, AIA, of OPN Architects, serves as the secretary of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Iowa Chapter. The USGBC is a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building design and construction. As a member and secretary of the USGBC Iowa Chapter and as Past Chairman of the Eastern Iowa Branch, Hamous is responsible for providing leadership to the organization, promoting sustainable building practices, fostering programs that help educate the public and advocating for organizations, corporations and local and state governing bodies to commit to the adoption of policies that mandate energy efficient and environmentally friendly buildings.

 

Bethany Jordan, Assoc. AIA, of Shive-Hattery Architects-Engineers, serves as Vice President of Save Cedar Rapids Heritage. Save Cedar Rapids Heritage works to preserve historic resources by developing preservation and reuse strategies. In addition to her duties as vice president, Jordan is involved in the moving of an historic, 1895 house to save it from demolition. Once rehabilitated, the house will support the need for quality, affordable housing in the Wellington Heights neighborhood.

 

Todd McNall, AIA, of Planning, Design and Construction at the University of Iowa, is in his second term as Commissioner and is the Vice-Chairman of the Cedar Rapids Historic Preservation Commission (CRHPC). In addition, McNall was appointed to the Cedar Rapids Long-term Planning Commission, is the Past-president of Czech Village/ New Bohemia Main Street District and is serving a second term as a Trustee at the Brucemore National Trust Historic Site in Cedar Rapids. McNall is an advocate for responsible preservation of our architectural heritage and believes historic preservation can be a strong means for economic revitalization.

 

Christopher Wand, AIA, of Primus Construction serves as a Board Member for AIA Iowa. As a board member, Wand helps guide the organization by attending board and committee meetings where decisions are made about the direction the organization will go in order to reach its goals.

 

The Citizen Architect Program recognizes AIA Iowa members who represent AIA's values in their community through public service. To find out more about this program please visit AIAIowa.org.

 

Since 1857, the American Institute of Architects has represented the professional interests of America's architects. AIA Iowa, headquartered in Des Moines, is a statewide affiliate of the national AIA.

 

AIA members express their commitment to excellence in design and are proactive in the design of livable communities. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assures the client, the public, and colleagues of an AIA member architect's dedication to the highest standards in professional practice. For more information, go to www.aiaiowa.org or call 515.244.7502.

 

For interviews or pictures, please contact Jessica Reinert at AIA Iowa, (515) 244-7502, or e-mail jreinert@aiaiowa.org.

 

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