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Meet Sandra LaFontaine, AIA
"Each year, our board of directors bestows the President's Award to a person in recognition of their service to the chapter. This year's recipient is, in my mind, the consummate professional and leader. He seems to have been born into the profession, drank the Kool-Aid as a kid, and in the best way possible, walked the walk ever since. He has connected us with the larger professional universe and brought us to the attention of that universe. He has encouraged us to become more intelligent, and grow, and chart new territory. He's a cool head in a crisis, has counseled us and talked us down from the edge on many occasions. He loves to drive and talk on a road trip. He's been a great mentor and friend. I don't know if he's an Eagle Scout, but he kinda seems that type. I'm pretty sure he'll be president of the United States someday. Tim Hawk, our President's Award goes to you."
- Joseph Moss, AIA Columbus 2017 Chapter President
May 1, 2018 at The Center for Architecture and Design.
5:00 | Reception
5:30 | Presentation
Come and enjoy an hour of storytelling from local architects and learn all about what the Diversity by Design committee and what we do.
Featuring: Friedrich K.M. Bohm, FAIA
Mr. Bohm was Chairman of NBBJ. Under his leadership the firm grew into the world's third largest architecture practice, which last year designed projects exceeding $3 billion in total construction cost. Since his retirement, Mr. Bohm has consulted with many organizations such as The Ohio State University.
In addition to his defining contributions to large projects in Beijing, Taipei, London, Istanbul, and Moscow, Mr. Bohm has been credited with helping shape the modern character of downtown Columbus, Ohio, through projects like One Columbus, The Vern Riffe State Office Tower, Three Nationwide Plaza, and Nationwide Arena.
As a diplomat, Mr. Bohm has served on the Special Advisory Committee to the Austrian Chancellor, was named Honorary Consul for Austria in 1993, and in 1995 received the Grand Decoration of Honors in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria. His other recognitions include Inc. Magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year, American Institute of Architects Fellowship, Design Futures Council Fellowship, and in 2002, the AIA Ohio Gold Medal Award.
He currently serves on the boards of M.I. Schotttenstein Homes. Mr. Bohm is also a founding partner of Transmap, The Daimler Group of Developers, and Travel Partners. He has been a Board Member of Huntintion Banks for 15 years and many community organizations such as The Wellington School, Muskingum College, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and The Columbus Museum of Art.
A Fulbright Scholar, Mr. Bohm received his undergraduate degree from Technische Universitat Wien in Vienna, and holds a Masters in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University, where he has served as adjunct professor, lecturer, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the School of Architecture. Mr. Bohm and his wife reside in Columbus.