Mary “Teeny” Simmons, the long-time executive director of the Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners, and Kathleen Gordon, AIA Baton Rouge Executive Director, received Presidential Citations from the American Institute of Architects Louisiana Chapter at its annual Design Conference Awards Banquet, held in Lafayette on September 9.
Simmons is retiring from her position after 39 years of service. The citation recognized her “selfless and outstanding service to the architectural profession, while touching the lives of thousands of architects throughout the country with her boundless energy, innovative ideas and steady and knowledgeable presence.” She has earned numerous honors during her tenure, including the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s President’s Medal. (Teeny was unable to be present at the luncheon.)
Gordon was honored for her leadership in guiding her chapter and mastering enormous challenges in the aftermath of the 2016 flood. Working in close collaboration with her AIA counterparts at the national and state levels, she coordinated relief and recovery efforts for AIA members and their communities with calm determination, compassion and remarkable grace under pressure.
The Presidential Citations were awarded by Ron Martinez, AIA, president of the AIA LA Board of Directors.