Robert E. Beach, AIA, LEED AP BD+C of Robert E. Beach Architects, LLC was awarded the 2014 Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects (VSAIA) Distinguished Achievement Award “Citizen Architect” in recognition of his outstanding leadership and enduring efforts in service to the community during the VSAIA Visions for Architecture Gala at the historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.
The VSAIA Distinguished Achievement Award is given to “civically engaged architects who significantly contribute, beyond self, by applying their insights, talents, training, and experience to actively pursue initiatives with broad-reaching effect, that enhance the quality of life and future of the communities they serve.”
Throughout his 28 year career, Bob has volunteered countless hours and invested vision and expertise to assist many professional, civic, and non-profit organizations including local and state levels of the AIA, The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, The Fairfax County History Commission, Rotary International, The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association and as a pilot for Air Life Line – Angel Flight. According to an AIA Executive, “Bob’s work engenders an appreciation and understanding of the importance of responsive and creative architecture, and stands out as a model to rising architects, that serves to promote and strengthen the profession.”
The award committee noted special merit to Bob’s pro-bono design of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial located within Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton, Virginia, memorializing the individuals and historic events instrumental in the passage of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. Bob continues to work toward promoting the construction of this national memorial through participating in presentations and informational seminars. He is presently educating the public and assisting in fundraising efforts to ensure its completion. According to Bob, “This is a cause I strongly believe in and the opportunity to marry it with my expertise has been a highlight of my career.”
This award recognizes Bob’s record of achievement, service to the profession, and his involvement in educating the public on the value of architects and their contributions to the community.