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Bill Dikis, FAIA, Receives National Citizen Architect Award

Friday, March 6, 2015   (1 Comments)

Bill Dikis, FAIA, Receives National Citizen Architect Award

Dikis is the first Iowan to receive this honor

Des Moines, Iowa (March 6, 2015) – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced that William (Bill) Dikis, FAIA, member of The American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the AIA Component Excellence Award, Category 3: Citizen Architect. This award recognizes AIA Members who have applied their skills, training, talents and experience to serve their communities and profession as advocacy leaders. It also recognizes active engagement and public demonstration of some of the best things an AIA member can offer in service to the public. There is only one recipient each year.

“His work is worthy of highest recognition,” said AIA Iowa Executive Director, Jessica Reinert, Hon. AIA Iowa, CAE, IOM, “Since 1989 Bill has worked tirelessly on behalf of all architects in Iowa as part of  the AIA Iowa Government Affairs committee. He has been involved in the drafting of numerous state laws and rules and encourages involvement from our membership. Dikis’ history of excellence and service to the profession is inspiring.”

Members of the award jury made the following comments:

·“It is obvious that Mr. Dikis has been incredibly involved with the advocacy going on in his state. In essence, this submittal makes the case that he is THE advocate for architects in Iowa. Mr. Dikis is certainly a strong candidate for this recognition.”

·“Strong candidate for Citizen Architect award as an individual. He has been an advocate for the Profession, as well as served in a variety of different taskforces and planning boards. Also seems to be taking leadership for most of the chapter’s advocacy efforst.”

·“Incredibly long-standing service to the profession (over 40 years). Excellent diversity of matters dealt with. Service to the profession across many organizations.”

·The nominee’s legislative successes and tireless devotion to his chapter and to the profession make him a strong candidate for the Citizen Architect award.”

Dikis is persistent in his work as an advocate for all architects. After retiring in 2007 from RDG Planning and Design, a national architecture firm, he founded Architectural Strategies, a company that focuses on concept design, programming, feasibility and mater plans, and expert witness assistance. He has been involved on the state and national level, chairing committees on preservation, computers in architecture, architectural practice, design awards and the computerization of the architectural registration exam. He has served as President and Secretary of AIA Iowa, editor of the Iowa Architect magazine, and President of the Iowa Architectural Examining Board. Dikis also represents architects in the public sector, chairing several City of Des Moines boards, including the Strategic Planning Commission, Urban Renewal Board, Architectural Advisory Committee, Mayor’s Landscape Taskforce, City of Des Moines Vision Plan- Design Advisory Team and the Vision 2005 Citizens’ Committee for the Des Moines Schools. To honor his diligent service, AIA Iowa formed named a scholarship that recognizes Iowa State University (ISU) design students that exemplify Dikis’ spirit of professional service to the public, ISU architecture department, or profession.



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 national AIA with nearly 1,000 members.  AIA Iowa members are committed 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 of professional practice.


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For pictures or to schedule an interview with William (Bill) Dikis, please contact Executive Director Jessica Reinert at AIA Iowa at (515) 244-7502, or e-mail her at


Terry L. Allers says...
Posted Monday, March 23, 2015
Bill, Congratulations on this award. You have been a great roll model for architects showing them the importance of being involved in our legislative process. Thank you for everything you have done to help our profession in Iowa. And thank you for being a good friend and roll model to me. I have decided to run for secretary of the NCARB BOD since my term as Region 4 Director will be over in June. Some day I hope that we can have a game of tennis! Terry Allers

AIA Iowa Firm Members