Washington, D.C.—Feb. 8, 2011—The 2011 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated RTKL’s Nathan Cherry FAIA, AICP, LEED AP; Rod Henderer FAIA, LEED AP and David V. Thompson FAIA, BSCP, LEED AP to its prestigious college of fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession.
“Rod, Nate and Dave’s elevation to AIA’s College of Fellows is not only a result of the meaningful work they’ve produced over their careers, but a reflection of their talent, hard work and contribution to the profession of architecture,” said Lance Josal FAIA, RTKL President and CEO. “RTKL is privileged to have these leaders of distinct vision.”
The AIA 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. Out of a total AIA membership of over 80,000, there are fewer than 2,700 distinguished with the fellowship and honorary fellowship.
The 2011 Fellows will be recognized at an investiture ceremony at the 2011 National AIA Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans.
Nathan B. Cherry FAIA, AICP, LEED AP is a vice president who works out of RTKL’s Los Angeles office and the director of the firm’s planning and urban design group. In his two decades as an advocate for urban design and planning initiatives, he has fostered sustainable communities, transit-oriented and multi-use districts and regenerated civic spaces in the United States and abroad. His portfolio includes the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment District, Downtown Brea Redevelopment and the Pasadena Central District Specific Plan. Cherry’s book, “Grid / Street / Place: Essential Elements of Sustainable Urban” was published in 2009 by APA Planners Press and received a silver Independent Publisher Book Award. Cherry earned a master’s degree in urban planning from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Tulane University.
D. Rodman Henderer FAIA, LEED AP, a senior vice president who works in RTKL's Washington, D.C. office, has led the designs of many of the firm’s prominent projects, including the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, the Richard Sheppard Arnold U.S. Courthouse in Little Rock, Ark. and the new headquarters for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. With over 35 years of experience, Henderer’s approach to major public and civic structures is distinguished by his familiarity with the issues driving these challenging and complex building types, along with a passion for translating that knowledge into an architecture characterized by clarity of purpose. His commitment to design excellence is evidenced in buildings that are both landmarks and pragmatic, sustainable solutions. Henderer graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and attended the Architectural Association in London.
David V. Thompson FAIA, BSCP, LEED AP, a senior vice president who works in RTKL’s Baltimore office, has dedicated his 37-year career to federal architecture. His portfolio is characterized by large-scale, security intensive and technologically complex environments that serve the unique needs of the intelligence community, U.S. government agencies and the military. His work includes the post-9/11 reconstruction of the Pentagon and perimeter security for the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, House and Senate Office Buildings and Library of Congress. Thompson was awarded the Army Chief of Engineers Design Award for 2002 and was the 2002 recipient of the Max O. Urbahn Medal from the Society of American Military Engineers for Contributions to Architecture. He holds a master’s degree in architecture and a bachelor’s degree in environmental design, both from Texas A&M.
RTKL is a global architecture, planning and design firm. Part of the ARCADIS global network since 2007, RTKL is committed to enriching lives and designing solutions to the complex issues of our world and our time. RTKL works with commercial, workplace, public and healthcare clients on projects around the globe.