ArchNews and Member Appreciation Party Re-Cap
AIA East Bay ARCHnews
17 December 2013
Image: Lavenson Design
Kurt Lavenson (B.A. Architecture '83) received a presidential citation award from the American Institute of Architects, East Bay chapter for his valuable contributions as Chair of the home tours committee, which was responsible for developing the AIA East Bay Home Tours. "Our chapter's home tours program is only three years old, but it already has quite a public following. Much of that is due to Kurt's leadership," said chapter president Andre Ptaszynski. The third annual AIA East Bay Home Tour, held August 10, 2013, featured six houses as models of design excellence and educated the public on the impact of collaboration between homeowners and AIA architects.
Ptaszynski quoted the home tours committee, which described Kurt: "An excellent writer, an amazing team leader, always positive, great sense of humor, straight forward, doesn't let anything slide, detail oriented while keeping the big picture in mind, great people skills, energetic and infectiously enthusiastic, opinionated and flexible (great combination) - in short, he's got the attributes of a great architect. It'll be hard for anybody to fill the role he shaped; hopefully he'll keep doing it for a while."
Kurt is Principal and Owner of Lavenson Design, a small Oakland-based architecture firm focusing on residential and light commercial projects.