Local architect honored by American Institute of Architects

Local architect Rick Benner will be honored at the 2015 American Institute of Architects convention in Atlanta this May.

The institute named Benner to its College of Fellows, a position awarded to members who have made significant contributions to architecture and society, according to the institute’s website.

Benner is Western Washington University’s University Architect. In that role, he has influenced everything from campus planning and budgeting to transportation infrastructure, facility development and development of the campus character, a press release said.

Benner has served on the Northwest chapter of the American Institute of Architects since 1985, been a board member for the institute’s Washington council, and was appointed to the Public Transportation Advisory Panel for the Washington State legislature Joint Transportation Committee.

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