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Architects Recognized for Public Service in the Cedar Rapids area

Monday, April 3, 2017  

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (April 3, 2017) – Nine 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, and Marion.  They are participants in the AIA Iowa Citizen Architect Program sponsored by AIA Iowa:


Al Buck, AIA, of Solum Lang Architects in Cedar Rapids serves as the Treasurer of the Cedar Rapids Student-Built House. The Student-Built House is a year-long class for high school juniors and seniors that is offered by the Cedar Rapids Community School District, where students in the class build a house every year. Al reviews plans and makes recommendations. He also and attends meetings to help oversee design and construction.


Bruce Hamous, AIA, of Shive-Hattery, Inc. in Cedar Rapids was elected to Board Chair of U.S. Green Building Council – Iowa (USGBC). The USGBC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable building design and construction. As Board Chair, Bruce 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 & state governing bodies to commit to the adoption of policies that mandate energy efficient and environmentally friendly buildings. He has been a member of USGBC Iowa for over 10 years and helped establish the Eastern Iowa Branch. In addition to his service to the USGBC, he recently completed an 8 year term on the Board of Directors of Prairiewoods (an eco-spirituality retreat center).  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Hawkeye Area Boy Scout Council and volunteer as a merit badge counselor for the Architecture and Sustainability Merit Badges.


Michael LeClere, Assoc. AIA of Martin Gardner Architecture in Marion serves as Vice President of the Coggon Area Betterment Association (C.A.B.A.). C.A.B.A.’s mission is to provide the community with public spaces and programs that offer cohesion, vitality, and prosperity. C.A.B.A. owns and operates the Coggon Center and leads the community in preservation/revitalization initiatives. As the Vice President, Michael organizes community fundraising & public outreach events to support the rehabilitation of the historic school building and support local businesses and entrepreneurship through Main Street. Michael has been involved with CABA since 2013, and has served as the Vice President for the last two years. Michael is also a volunteer for the Linn County Rural Historic Preservation Initiative (LCRHPI). The LCRHPI explores ways to bridge the information gap between rural communities and preservation/revitalization organizations & programs that already exist in order to facilitate more nominations of historic properties and rural revitalization efforts. Michael has been volunteering for this committee for the last two years.


David Martin, AIA, of Martin Gardner Architecture in Marion was appointed a Board Member of the Marion Historic Preservation Commission. The Commission is charged with working with private parties, the City, State of Iowa, and consultants in matters pertaining to historic structures throughout the community and is the primary conduit for participation in funding and certification programs. As a board member, David coordinates with other local groups on projects, provides information about buildings, conducts historic surveys and National Trust Nominations, reviews demolition permits for historic properties, and reviews any project impacting historic properties undertaken by the City. David is a founding member of the Board.


Kyle Martin, AIA, of Martin Gardner Architecture in Marion serves as Vice Chair for the Marion Park Board, Director of the Housing Fund for Linn County, Worshipful Master (President) of the Marion Lodge #6 Freemasonry, Chair of the DeMolay Advisory Board and Treasurer of the Marion Lodge #6 Scholarship Foundation. As Vice Chair for the Marion Park Board, Kyle reviews the park Director’s and staff’s work and votes on decisions with other board members. The Housing Fund for Linn County provides funding assistance and advocacy for low-moderate income housing in Linn County. As Director, Kyle takes minutes for the board and vote on decisions with other board members. The Marion Lodge #6 is a social and philanthropic organization. As Worshipful Master, Kyle leads the organization. The Order of DeMolay is a character and leadership organization for young men ages 12 to 21. As Chair, Kyle leads the other adult advisors in developing the program for the youth. Finally, the Marion Lodge #6 Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to high school seniors at two local high schools. As Treasurer, Kyle organizes funds and authorizes pay out of scholarship winners.


Michael Morman, AIA, of Shive-Hattery, Inc. in Cedar Rapids serves as a Board Member of U.S. Green Building Council- Iowa Chapter (USGBC-Iowa). The USGBC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable building design and construction. The organization works to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, financially sustainable and healthy places to live and work. Michael serves in an advisory position that supervises the growth of the organization and the promotion of sustainable building practices.  He works to advocate for these practices with our local and state politicians and to foster the interest of students in our colleges and universities. He has been involved with the USGB Iowa Chapter since it was founded in 2004.


A. Grant Nordby, AIA, of Shive-Hattery, Inc. in Cedar Rapids serves as an Economic Vitality committee member of the Czech Village New Bohemia Main Street District. The organization encourages economic growth and promotes preservation by working toward a shared vision through implementation of the Main Street Four-Point Approach.  By helping existing downtown businesses expand and recruiting new ones to respond to today’s market, Main Street programs help convert unused space into productive property and sharpen the competitiveness of business enterprises.  As a member of the Economic Vitality committee, Grant reviews applications for the revolving loan and grant programs, provides resources and market information and connects businesses with guidance. He also helps to organize the local component of the Open 4 Business pitch competition and hosts frequent socials and educational events.


Scott Olson, AIA, of Skogman Commercial in Cedar Rapids was elected to the City Council, District 4 of the City of Cedar Rapids. The City Council is the governing body for city. As a member, Scott is an active participant in the council, representing the northwest/southwest Cedar Rapids.  He is also Chairman of the Infrastructure committee. Scott is serving his second term as an elected representative.


Christopher Wand, AIA, of Primus Construction in Cedar Rapids serves as a Board Member of the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street (CVNBMS), Dubuque Main Street (DMS), American Institute of Architects Iowa Chapter (AIA Iowa) and Dubuque Museum of Art (DMA). CVNBMS and DMS are both accredited Main Street Programs which oversee the historic commercial districts in their respective communities. Christopher currently serves as Board President for CVNBMS as well as chair of The Main Event. He has served on this board since 2011. Christopher has served on the DMS Board since Fall 1996 and is a past president. He currently serves as chair of the Design Committee and oversees the annual Architecture Days event. Christopher has served on the AIA Iowa Board since 2015 and is currently the board liaison to the Sections Committee. DMA is the repository in the City of Dubuque for regional art. He has served on the DMA Board of Trustees since 2003 and is a past president.  He currently serves on the Governance Committee.


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


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