2018 Edward C. Kemper Award Recipient
From 1914 to 1948, Edward C. Kemper led the AIA as executive director. Since 1950, this award has honored members who carry on his legacy of continued and significant service to the AIA.
An advocate for architects and a leader in demonstrating their relevance and influence on society, Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA, has built a legacy of continuous service to the built environment. In her roles of design professional, former executive director of AIA New York, a leader of the AIA College of Fellows Executive Committee, and a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards executive, Lucey has dedicated her prestigious career to advancing the profession.
“I see Lenore’s life’s work as energizing, effective communication,” wrote Joan Capelin, Hon. AIA, in a letter supporting Lucey’s nomination for the Edward C. Kemper Award. “She has vibrantly conveyed the value of architects, argued the issues affecting architecture, glued together organizations related to architectural practice, made her chapter and the profession’s regulatory organization accessible and supportive, and deftly helped architects become better representatives of themselves and their profession.”
The effect Lucey has had on the design profession was felt early in her career when she served on the Citibank B-77 Task Force, which in the 1970s reshaped the personal banking experience by developing the prototype for the first ATM. She also elevated the design sensibility of the American Broadcasting Companies, which resulted in two award-winning Kohn Pedersen Fox buildings, the restoration of an iconic factory building for ABC Radio, and a slew of other projects designed by some of the nation’s most-recognized firms.
“Whether it be in the realm of practice, association management, or AIA leadership, Lenore is an individual who has dedicated herself for more than 40 years to advancing and expanding the profession and its influence,” wrote Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, the 2017 Kemper Award recipient.
Lucey’s leadership has had a transformative effect on the College of Fellows, where she has sought to strategically deploy the AIA’s Latrobe Prize to research efforts that would immediately impact practitioners. In 2017 the prize was awarded to three faculty members from the Northeastern University School of Architecture for their study, “Future-Use Architecture.” Based on current teaching methodologies, the prize promises to document the attributes that facilitate long-term use and change of buildings, leading architects to design more resilient buildings from their inception.
In her role at NCARB, Lucey modernized the tracking systems for licensure, which has led to significant growth in the number of professionals earning and maintaining their accreditation. By introducing better staffing and technology, she grew a culture of customer service while deepening working relationships with key stakeholders, such as the AIA and AIAS, to improve licensure processes and explore innovative paths to it. During her tenure, she represented the organization in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Architect Project for more than a decade.
As the leader of AIA New York and of the New York Foundation for Architecture, a position she held from 1986 to 1994, she raised public awareness of the chapter that generated a 46 percent increase in its membership and a major relocation of its offices. Her strong convictions helped position the chapter as a sought-after voice among countless city agencies, boards, and commissions. Her written pieces for Oculus, the chapter’s magazine, have been reprinted by components across the country and in nationally recognized publications.
“There are many people who have ideas, work hard, influence others, and effect change ... but few go well beyond these superlatives to do what others might view as impossible,” Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, 2014 AIA president, wrote of Lucey. “These traits, as well as her vast understanding of and influence on the profession, make Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA, a fitting selection for the 2018 Edward C. Kemper Award.”