February 6, 2014 – Washington State Speaker of the House, Rep. Frank Chopp (D, WA #43) received the William F. Polk, FAIA Award from AIA Washington Council’s President Mike Slater, AIA (McGranahan Architects). Graciously holding the award, Rep. Chopp recalled just how important its namesake, William F. Polk, FAIA, was in establishing Washington’s outstanding tradition of public works: “I’m honored to receive an award in Bill’s name. He understood how design transforms communities–how architecture makes communities not only beautiful but worth living in.” He went on to field questions from architects and engineers in attendance regarding the state of Capital Budget, Transportation talks, and addressing/prioritizing projects in a time of austere finances.
[Bill] understood how design transforms our communities; how architecture makes neighborhoods not only beautiful but worth living in.Rep. Frank Chopp (D, WA #43)
About William F. Polk
William F. Polk, FAIA left a lasting legacy in Washington State from over twelve years in the state legislature and over thirty years as an architect. Serving as Speaker of the House, he fought for Quality-Based Selection to ensure public works were designed competently first and foremost, licensing law reforms, and more. In the AIA, his leadership helped shape renewed interest in architects serving publicly and getting involved locally on issues surrounding the built environment and the health, safety, and welfare of our communities.