The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has honored James McCullar, FAIA, with its 2019 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. This award recognizes architects, public officials, or other individuals who design distinguished public facilities and advocate for design excellence.
According to an AIA statement, McCullar has been dedicated to the advancement of housing and community design throughout his career. In his private practice and his service to the AIA, McCullar has worked to provide innovative affordable housing and social interventions for urban communities that are significantly underserved by architect-led design, added the statement.
“Looking at Jim’s portfolio of accomplishment, it is clear that his work is almost unparalleled in combining social and environmental concerns,” wrote Feniosky A. Peña-Mora, the Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University, in support of McCullar’s nomination. “His rehab, adaptive reuse, and infill housing, often on abandoned sites, have for more than 30 years contributed to neighborhood revitalization.”