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January 7, 2005

AIA Atlanta Presents Tony Aeck with Ivan Allen Trophy

Aeck follows in footsteps of his father and business partner

Award is extended to member who has sustained the highest ideals of the profession of architecture

ATLANTA, Ga., Jan. 7, 2005 – Tony Aeck, FAIA, managing principal of Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architecture, has been awarded the Ivan Allen Trophy by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Atlanta Chapter. Aeck joins both his father, renowned architect Richard L. Aeck, FAIA, who was presented with the award in 1972, and his business partner Larry Lord, FAIA, as one of a select group of individuals to have received this honor.

Established in 1957 in honor of former Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen, the award is given annually to an AIA Atlanta member judged to have made the greatest contribution of service to the community and who has therefore sustained the highest ideals of the profession of architecture.'

It is Tony Aeck’s “legacy of contributions to the profession and the community” that according to AIA Atlanta, make him a worthy recipient of the Ivan Allen Award. “With the Ivan Allen Award, AIA Atlanta not only celebrates Tony’s singular achievements, but delights in the many years of accomplishments that still lie ahead” said fellow AIA Atlanta member Gregory Walker, who nominated Aeck for the award.

Tony Aeck currently is chair of the Atlanta Speech School, and a trustee of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation where he also chairs its Industry Council. In the past, he has been a trustee of Big Brothers & Big Sisters, the Atlanta Preservation Center, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, and he has helped raise funds for the United Way and the Atlanta Arts Alliance. He also has provided pro bono services to Camp Twin Lakes, Noah’s Ark, Top Hat Soccer League, Egleston Children’s Hospital and the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

Tony Aeck has been actively involved with the American Institute of Architects at the national, regional and local levels. On the national level, he has served as a member of the Honor Award Jury and the Committee on Design. Regionally, he is a past director of AIA Georgia and currently serves as its liaison to the State of Georgia in its rewriting of State Design & Construction (D&C) procedures. He is also a past president of the Atlanta AIA Chapter. In recognition of his early adoption of computer-aided design for architectural use, Aeck was also elected in 2001 to the AIA College of Fellows.

Tony Aeck’s architectural career began in Paris, where he worked on completing design commissions of renowned International Style Architect LeCorbusier after his death. In 1971, he joined Aeck Associates, an Atlanta architecture firm founded by Richard Aeck, a highly regarded, award winning architect whose building designs were featured in Life Magazine and Sports Illustrated. In his 18 years with the firm, the younger Aeck held a variety of positions culminating in president. In 1989, he merged the firm with Lord & Sargent to form Lord, Aeck & Sargent, which has grown to a staff of more than 140, and had 2004 revenues of $19.5 million. 

Tony Aeck is married to the Honorable Frank M. Hull, who serves as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. They reside in Atlanta, in a house originally designed by Tony's father, Richard Aeck. They have two grown children, Richard Hull Aeck, a graduate of Wake Forest University who is currently studying architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Molly Hull Aeck, a graduate of Stanford University who is now working at the World Watch Institute in Washington, D.C.

About Lord, Aeck & Sargent

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