Joe Schwab receives AIA Kentucky’s Distinguished Service Award

Joe Schwab has received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the Kentucky state chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The award honors an individual member for a specific contribution or for dedication and service which has significantly furthered the purposes of AIA Kentucky. 

“AIA Kentucky’s recognition of Joe’s distinguished service to AIA and his fellow architects is well-deserved. He is regarded as a highly effective leader who has provided countless hours and considerable talent to the state and local chapters. He has been especially important in recent years as we’ve reevaluated our programming and improved collaboration, in the interest of providing better value to our Members,” says AIA Kentucky Executive Vice-President Janet Pike.

Throughout his career, Joe has trained and mentored countless architects, and has always been actively involved in the AIA including serving as president of AIA Kentucky and AIA’s Northern Kentucky Chapter. “I think it is important for architects to take whatever opportunity they can to learn, experience, and grow,” says Joe. “One of the things that helped me tremendously was being a member of AIA and being able to attend various events and conferences.”
At GBBN, Joe led many of the firm’s largest and most complicated projects including Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton, Cincinnati Children’s first Critical Care Tower, and two signature projects for the University of Cincinnati - Tangeman University Center and University Pavilion. After 36 years with GBBN, Joe announced his official retirement in November 2016 but he remains an active consultant on many projects.