On Thursday, April 30th, 2015, the American Architectural Foundation hosted its 26th Annual Accent on Architecture Gala at the historic Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Executives in architecture, design, government, and education joined AAF to honor leaders in the field whose contributions create lasting cultural artifacts for communities across the United States.
“At the Gala, we had the unique pleasure of honoring two individuals and one company who have literally shaped the world in ways that have transformed our lives, and have influenced others to do the same,” said Ron Bogle, Hon. AIA, President and CEO of AAF.
At the Gala, AAF presented Keystone Award  to the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company  for their extensive portfolio, creative approach to construction, and reputation for excellence. Timothy J. Regan, President and CEO of Whiting-Turner, accepted the award on the company’s behalf.
Kevin Roche, FAIA , received the 2015 George M. White Award for Excellence in Public Architecture  for his public architectural contributions, which include the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and numerous museums, performing arts facilities, and theaters.
We also recognized AAF’s longtime friend and colleague Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. , namesake of the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Award for Leadership in Urban Design , with the National Medal for Design Leadership for 40 years of urban design and preservation stewardship. AAF Regent Theodore Landsmark, M.Env.D., J.D., Ph.D., Assoc. AIA, D.F.A. (Hon.), President Emeritus of Boston Architectural College, said, “We are honored to thank and salute Mayor Riley for his unrelenting commitment to city design.”
AAF expresses its appreciation and gratitude to our Gala sponsors , whose support helps make our programs possible.
Lead photo caption: 2015 Gala honorees Timothy J. Regan, President/CEO of Whiting-Turner, Kevin Roche, FAIA, Design Principal at KRJDA, Charleston, SC Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. with AAF President/CEO Ronald E. Bogle.
Photos courtesy of David Hathcox Photography .
The 2015 Gala full photo set is available at AAF’s Smugmug page .
Video courtesy of GVI .