2014 Awards for Distinction

Projects led by Richard Henry Franklin for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Seven honored for contributions to architecture, art, & design

Posted by Liam Otten April 11, 2014

During his 40-year career, Richard Henry Franklin, AIA, NOMA, has worked in every facet of architecture and mentored scores of students, architects, planners, and community advocates.

The first African American to study architecture in the day program at Washington University in St. Louis, Franklin (BA70/MAUD74) has worked on projects ranging from the restoration of New York's Apollo Theatre to the Lincoln Tunnel Toll Plaza and the AirTrain rail systems to John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.

He was a senior member of the architectural team developing Michael Arad's design for the National September 11 Memorial and managing construction administration of both the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

On Thursday, April 17, Franklin will return to the Danforth Campus to receive the Dean's Medal from the Sam Fox School.

The medal—which recognizes extraordinary contributions to the fields of art, architecture or design—comes as part of the Sam Fox School's annual Awards for Distinction dinner. In all, the school will recognize seven outstanding alumni who have demonstrated creativity, innovation, leadership, and vision in their respective fields.

In addition to Franklin, honorees will include artist and filmmaker Ericka Beckman (BFA74) of New York and designer Doug Powell (BFA88) of Austin, Texas.

Distinguished architecture alumni will be Theodore H. Seligson, FAIA (BArch53) of Kansas City and Vicki Match Suna, AIA, (BA80/MArch82) of New York.

Architect Valerie Chang Greer, AIA, LEED AP (MArch02) of St. Louis will receive a Recent Alumni Award, as will photographer Benjamin Lowy (BFA01) of New York.

The awards ceremony will take place at Palladium Saint Louis, 1400 Park Place. For more information, contact Aly Abrams, 314.935.7223, or aly.abrams@wustl.edu.