Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The American Institute of Architects has elevated Tucson Architect and UA Alum (B.Arch 1990) Rick Joy to its College of Fellows, recognizing the significant contributions he has made to the profession

In 1993, Joy established Rick Joy Architects in Tucson, Arizona. The firm, owned and operated by Joy, had a staff of twelve as of 2013. offers high-concept contemporary design combined with full traditional architectural and master planning services. From the beginning, each of the firm's works has been exhibited and published extensively and has won numerous awards. Joy received the 2002 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture and in 2004 won the prestigious National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institution/Cooper-Hewitt Museum. The firm has gained substantial international recognition, has participated in multiple exhibitions, and has been featured in over 150 publications worldwide. Joy has lectured extensively throughout the United States and around the globe and is considered an important contributor on the ongoing global discourse on modern architecture. He periodically serves as a visiting professor of architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of DesignRice UniversityUniversity of Arizona, and M.I.T. In 2002, Joy’s first monograph was published under the title Desert Works, as the first in the Princeton Architectural Press/Graham Foundation invited New Voices in Architecture series.

The firm's extensive experience with lifestyle based projects encompasses a wide range of project types and locations. Early residential projects in the desert southwest frequently employed rammed earth, steel and concrete in the design. Expanding into different climates and cultural places has led to new formal responses and a diverse, locally grounded material palette. The firm has realized architectural residences in regions such as mountains in Idaho, forests in Vermont, and an urban loft in the heart of Manhattan Current project sites include the islands of Turks and Caicos and Key Biscayne, and on thePrinceton University Campus.

The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. The 2015 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated 147 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows. Out of a total AIA membership of over 85,000 there are over 3,200 members distinguished with this honor. The 2015 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Convention 2015 in Atlanta.