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APLA Alum Elected to 2012 AIA National College of Fellows

Jane Frederick and Don Brown

Jane Frederick (APLA ’82), was inducted into the AIA College of Fellows in Washington D.C. this past May.  Ms. Frederick is a principal in the firm of Frederick + Frederick Architects in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Frederick’s career has been distinguished by her efforts to demonstrate to the public and to architects that “architects matter.” In 1998 and 2000,Frederick ran for United States' Congress from the 2nd District of South Carolina. She campaigned  on an “architect’s platform,” highlighting the need for livable communities, environmental protection, and equal education for all children.  Frederick’s campaign sought to  demonstrate what an architect could bring to the table as an elected official, serving as an example for and inspiration to the profession.  While not elected to Congress, Frederick’s  run generated discussions at the national AIA Board level that contributed to the creation of AIA’s "Citizen Architect" program. 

Frederick has record of service to the profession includes a number of key leadership roles. As a 2006 member of the National Small Firm Task Group and as Vice Chairman of the National Small Firm Round Table (SFRT) in 2010, Frederick helped small firms succeed through understanding and teaching how social media can help with their marketing strategies.  As President of AIA South Carolina, Frederick extended her role as architect-advocate through communication strategies, working to enhance the public awareness and appreciation of AIA SC architects through writing and implementing the strategic plan implementing newsletter initiatives, a blog, a Facebook page, Op-Ed articles for newspapers and the Statehouse Report, and the creation of a Legacy Project in a poor, underserved, rural community.  Frederick has dedicated herself to the success of future professionals by setting standards for the graphic exams through service to the Architectural Registration Examination Grading Committee for the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards, chairing accreditation teams for the National Architectural Accreditation Board, and serving on the Professional Advisory Board for Clemson University's School of Architecture.

In a letter nominating Ms. Frederick for the AIA National College of Fellows, Kate Schwennsen, FAIA, Chair of Clemson’s architecture program and  2006 AIA President stated, “We need more architects like Jane Frederick:  Architects who are willing to throw their hat in the ring of public office and public debate; Architects who effectively and publicly advocate our profession’s positions on livability and design; Architects who are willing to share their best architectural practice.”

APLA Alum elected AIA Vice President

Donald C. Brown, FAIA, from AIA Montgomery, was elected 2013-14 AIA Vice President. A graduate of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, Brown is owner and lead principal of Brown Studio Architecture in Montgomery.

A past AIA National board member, Brown has served in many leadership positions including the Gulf States regional director from 2009-2011 and as the past chair of ArchiPac. He is a Richard Upjohn Fellow of the AIA and served on the AIA Board Advocacy Committee from 2007-2011. He was also president of the Alabama Council AIA in 2003. His firm, Brown Studio Architecture, has tackled projects such as downtown and riverfront redevelopment in Montgomery and a historic restoration of the original Tuskegee Airman Flying Field, which received the Preservation Award for Federal Partnership in Historic Preservation. Locally, Brown has served as chair of the Montgomery Historic Development Commission, the Alabama Architectural Foundation, and the Alabama Council on the Arts and Humanities.

Besides his degree in Architecture from Auburn, Brown’s education includes studies in art history at Williams College. He also served as an assistant professor at Auburn and chaired the School of Architecture’s Advisory Council.  Brown credits his involvement in student activities at Auburn as presage to his work with AIA. While an Auburn student, he was a student senator for the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, editor of what was then the Department of Architecture’s student newsletter/magazine, SGA Secretary for Academic Affairs, Chair of Lectures and Concerts, a Colonel in the Air Force ROTC, elected to ODK and Spade Honoraries, and even given the Department of Theater’s Best Actor Award.