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Perry Poyner
2016 Harry F. Cunningham Gold Medal Recipient
Architectural Excellence in the State of Nebraska

Perry Poyner, of Omaha, is recipient of the 2016 Harry F. Cunningham Gold Medal for Architectural Excellence in the State of Nebraska. The Gold Medal is the highest honor the Nebraska Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) can bestow and is awarded in recognition of the most distinguished achievement in architecture or service to the profession of architecture in the State of Nebraska.

Nominators Michael Alley, AIA and Albert Macchietto, AIA, Principals of Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture said, “Perry’s work has changed the physical and social landscape of his adopted hometown of Omaha. His belief in the ability of architecture to alter the lives of the most underserved has been the guiding force behind his professional career and personal life. This inspired notion has also infused the careers of the dozens of young architects and students Perry mentored over his 27-year career with Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture, the firm he helped found in 1987.” In his almost-40 years of service to our profession, Perry has been a passionate advocate for sustainable design and adaptive reuse, as well as a champion for Omaha’s most at-risk communities. For more than two decades he has been actively involved with the Open Door Mission (serving meals AND acting as Board Chairman), has served as honorary chair of fundraising events at The Stephen Center, and has traveled extensively to storm-ravaged Haiti, Pakistan and Malawi to help design and build orphanages and clinics.

Click here to view Perry Poyner’s submission.

The Gold Medal commemorates the achievements of Harry Francis Cunningham who came to Nebraska as lead architect for Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue's office during completion of the tower phase of construction for the State Capitol following Goodhue's death in 1924. It was Goodhue's revolutionary building design which won the nationwide competition in 1920 for the creation of the state house in Lincoln. Cunningham subsequently established the first school of architecture at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln.

 

 

The Harry F. Cunningham Gold Medal

The Harry F. Cunningham Gold Medal is the highest honor AIA Nebraska can bestow upon an individual and is awarded in recognition of the most distinguished achievement in architecture or service to the profession of Architecture.

The Gold Medal commemorates the achievements of Harry Francis Cunningham who came to Nebraska as lead architect for Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue's office during completion of the tower phase of construction for the State Capitol following Goodhue's death in 1924. It was Goodhue's revolutionary building design which won the nationwide competition in 1920 for the creation of the state house in Lincoln. Cunningham subsequently established the first school of architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Below is a a list of past recipients.

Harry F. Cunningham Recipients

2015 Robert Ripley, FAIA
2014 Tom Laging, FAIA
2013 Bruce Carpenter, AIA
2012 John (Jack) Schofield Savage, AIA
2011 R. Wayne Drummond, FAIA
2010 Albert Hamersky, AIA
2009 Gary Bowen, FAIA
2008 Neil Astle
2007 John E. Sinclair, AIA
2006 George Haecker, AIA
2005 Robert L. Hanna
2004 Charles Wilscam, AIA
2002 Donald P. Polsky, FAIA
2001 Dale L. Gibbs, FAIA
1999 Deon Bahr, FAIA
1997 W. Cecil Steward, FAIA
1998 Allied Artists of the Nebraska State Capitol
1995 Lawrence Enersen, FAIA, FASLA

 
     
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