Harley Ellis Devereaux Director Earns Top AIA Award


DETROIT— The American Institute of Architects recently announced Arthur F. Smith, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC as the 2013 recipient of the Gold Medal Award. Smith is a principal, board member, and the director of design at Harley Ellis Devereaux.

The Gold Medal is the highest honor awarded to an individual by AIA Michigan in recognition of most distinguished service to the profession of architecture.

“The AIA Michigan Gold Medal is a significant honor that recognizes individual accomplishments, and yet, it creates a moment of pause and reflection to appreciate the numerous individuals who have mentored, supported and endured my passionate journey to improve the lives of our clients and society through design,”  Smith said.

Throughout his career, Smith’s work has resulted in more than 30 design honors and awards, including regional and national landmarks such as the Lawrence Tech University Taubman Student Services Center, Detroit Lions Training Facility; Regent Court; the Steel House; E-Port, a 1.2 million square foot office and retail renovation in Chicago; and the $100 million renovation of General Motors’ Research and Development Facilities originally designed by Eero Saarinen.

As chair of the Annual AIA Michigan Design Retreat, Smith provides opportunities for young interns and practitioners that are active within the organization and attend the annual retreat.