Greg Kessler, FAIA and Daniel Friedman, FAIA
will represent NWPR on College of Fellows

The Board of Delegates for the Northwest and Pacific Region have approved the appointment of Greg Kessler, FAIA, and Daniel Friedman, FAIA to serve as the REgion's representatives on the AIA College of Fellows. Daniel will step in for one year to complete the vacated position of Butch Reifert, FAIA, who retired earlier this year. Greg will assume a three year post on the College of Fellows following Dan Chun, FAIA who served as the Region's representative for the past three years.

Greg Kessler, FAIA

Gregory Kessler, FAIA
Professor of Architecture
School of Design and Construction Washington State University

Gregory Kessler possesses a Master of Architecture from the University of Southern California and has been a Professor of Architecture at Washington State University since 1987. Professor Kessler has a thirty-year record of teaching and leadership, which has influenced a generation of architects and emerging professionals. With both a global and local perspective, his work through teaching, leadership, collaboration, education, research, writing, lecturing and architectural administration has resulted in a career devoted to design and architectural education. His teaching portfolio includes teaching well over fifty studios at both the graduate and undergraduate level and over twenty five lecture | seminar courses. So far in his career, he has brought architectural education to well over 1,500 students. He is the recipient of teaching awards and many invited national and international presentations and lectures.

He served as the director of the WSU School of Architecture and Construction Management from 2001 – 2011 and was appointed as the inaugural director of the new School of Design and Construction from 2011 – 2013. The focus of his tenure as director was to develop unique programs regarding the integration of disciplines. Programs such as the Integrated Education Series, and the WSU Institute for Sustainable Design (ISD), which was developed with a colleague in engineering, were a few of his accomplishments. Currently Kessler is leading the WSU architecture comprehensive studio, which is a collaboration with senior construction management students. In this studio architecture and construction management students form teams to generate designs as well as specific construction procedures in a design build simulation.

Kessler served on the AIA National Board of Directors from 2011 – 2013 as one of two Regional Directors from the Northwest and Pacific Region. Prior to being elected as Regional Director, Kessler initiated the Northwest and Pacific Region Leadership Institute which ran from 2008 - 2014. The Institute was directed towards integrating students from the seven region schools of architecture with faculty and practicing architects for a 1.5-day symposium on leadership. Student teams learned leadership strategies and developed proposals for leadership projects that were implemented at their home campuses. Nationally, Kessler initiated the AIA Advocacy Fellows program where recent architecture graduates spent eight weeks at the AIA national offices in Washington DC working with AIA staff on issues of government advocacy related to architecture. In 2015 Kessler served as co – chair for the inaugural AIA | ACSA national educational symposium entitled Intersections Between the Academy and Practice. This symposium | conference was held in 2015 in conjunction with the AIA National Convention in Atlanta. The symposium is directed towards the integration of education and practice with specific emphasis on how academic research can advance the profession. The second year of this symposium will be in 2016 at the AIA Convention in Philadelphia. Kessler will also be serving as Co- Chair for the 2017 – 2018 symposiums.

Professor Kessler has an extensive record of scholarship including papers invited presentations and panels regarding the intersection of architecture and other disciplines and issues of leadership in education. He has also served as design awards juror for regional, national and international design awards programs. Kessler was elevated to fellowship within the AIA in 2013 for his contributions to architecture education. He was also recognized as a Richard Upjohn Fellow in 2013.

Professor Kessler is also an active in creating art. His work focuses on abstracted, segmented and unique perspectives of the natural and built environment. The works are based upon his national and international travel and was the subject of a gallery exhibition in Seattle WA in February 2015.

Daniel Friedman, FAIA

Daniel S. Friedman is dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Prior to joining the faculty at UH-M, Friedman served as dean of the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington (2006–13); director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois-Chicago (2003–2006); director of the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati (2000–2003); and director of the University of Cincinnati Center for the Study of Practice. He holds advanced degrees in architecture from the Universities of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed his Ph.D. on the work of Louis I. Kahn.

Friedman lectures and writes on professional education, public architecture, integrated design and practice, and twentieth century theory. He served as program chair for the 2005 AIA national convention in Las Vegas, and has additionally chaired numerous other national committees, juries, commissions, and events, including the 2007 AIA College of Fellows Latrobe Prize jury, the 2007 ACSA/AIA Cranbrook Teachers Seminar, the national AIA America’s Design Health Initiative (2010–11), and the national AIA Design Health Leadership Group (2014–15).

He is a past member of the boards of the Seattle Art Museum, Forterra (formerly the Cascade Land Conservancy), the American Architectural Foundation, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, which he served as president (2010– 11). He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Education, Places Journal: A Forum of Design for the Public Realm, and ARCADE.

Friedman has served as a director on the boards of AIA Chicago (2004–06), AIA Ohio (secretary, 2000–02), and AIA Cincinnati (president, 1996). He is an NCARB-certified architect actively registered in the states of Ohio and Illinois. He was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in 2001. In 2016, Friedman received the prestigious ACSA Distinguished Professor Award, which recognizes sustained creative achievement in the advancement of architectural education through teaching, design, scholarship, research, and service.