IMI and BAC Honored at Oculus Award Luncheon
The International Masonry Institute  (IMI) and the International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers  (BAC) were honored at the American Architectural Foundation’s inaugural Oculus Award Luncheon at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The Oculus Award was developed to highlight organizations whose preservation initiatives promote vibrant, sustainable communities.
Internationally renowned architect Stanley Tigerman , FAIA, RAAR, shared remarks remotely via video at the Luncheon. Mr. Tigerman designed the IMI/BAC John J. Flynn International Training Center  in Bowie, Maryland, a state-of-the-art facility that houses critical programs for young architects, apprentices and masonry craftworkers. The International Masonry Institute and the International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers work to promote quality masonry construction, with the latter organization providing union representation to craftworkers in the trowel trades.
“The International Masonry Institute and International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers demonstrate great stewardship and an immeasurable contribution to the field of preservation through their steadfast dedication to providing comprehensive training to maintain the highest quality of craftsmanship,” said Ron Bogle, Hon. AIA, President and CEO of AAF. “Without IMI’s and BAC’s vision to maintain the skills of the craftsman, the visions and designs of the architect could not be realized. We remain honored to celebrate the achievements of IMI/BAC by presenting them with the inaugural Oculus Award.”
Since its founding in 1943, the American Architectural Foundation has served as a national steward of architectural history and the architecture profession. In 2013, AAF launched the Center for Design and Cultural Heritage (CDCH) as a platform to elevate its efforts in support of America’s historic and culturally important sites, structures, and communities. The Center promotes the role of significant cultural and historic resources in creating more vibrant, sustainable and livable communities.
Photo caption: Ron Bogle, President & CEO of American Architectural Foundation, Diane Hoskins, FAIA, LEED AP, Co-CEO of Gensler, Joan Calambokidis, President of IMI, James Boland, President of BAC, and Thom Minner, Director of AAF’s Center for Design and Cultural Heritage at the Oculus Award Luncheon.Photo courtesy of Jocelyn Augustino. Video courtesy of GVI.