The highest honor the AIA confers on an architecture firm, the award recognizes a practice that has produced distinguished architecture consistently for at least 10 years.The award will be presented to TVS at the 2002 American Architectural Foundation Accent on Architecture gala Friday, March 1, 2002, in Washington, D.C.
Previous recipients include Gensler, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, I.M. Pei & Partners, Cesar Pelli & Associates, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, and 2001 winner Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck Architecture.
Founded in 1968, Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates established itself in the Atlanta area by designing the Omni/CNN Center and the Georgia World Congress Center. Recent projects include the Woodruff Arts Center Renovation, Philadelphia Convention Center, McCormick Place Expansion, Salt Palace Convention Center, and United Parcel Service World Headquarters. TVS has won four national AIA Honor Awards, multiple AIA Georgia Sustainable Design, Honor, and Design Awards, and AIA Atlanta’s Silver Medal Award.
In nominating the firm, Lugean L. Chilcote, FAIA, and Thompson E. Penny, FAIA, write: "We have observed at TVS a corporate culture that emphasizes collaboration, continuity and depth and breadth of achievement and expertise. The focus on TVS is its emphasis on people; the human scale and human experience are the base on which every building is conceived."