Pro Bono Publico Awards Program Buffalo Architecture Foundation is the proud sponsor of the Pro Bono Publico Award in recognition of exemplary pro bono services provided to not-for-profit clients by architects or allied practitioners in construction, engineering, interior design, landscape architecture and planning. This award is presented at the annual AIA Buffalo/Western New York Service Awards and Design Awards events and honors achievements in Design Excellence and Distinguished Service.
Nominations for 2018 are due at 5PM September 3, 2018. For full submission criteria, please reference the Entry Procedures.
Applications will be accepted online here: Nominate a Pro Bono Project .
We thank all volunteer architects in advance for your dedication to our community and inspiring us all!
2016 Pro Bono Publico Recipients
Pro Bono Publico Award in Design Excellence
CJS Architects is the recipient of the 2016 Pro Bono Publico Award in Design Excellence for their notable commitment to Sail Buffalo.
Pro Bono Publico Award in Distinguished Service
AIA Buffalo / WNY Volunteer Architects and Allied Colleagues are the recipient of the 2016 Pro Bono Publico Award in Distinguished Service for their notable commitment to the VFW and American Legion Posts of Erie County. This award recognizes exemplary pro bono services, rendered in the public interest without fee or with a significant reduction in fees, provided to not-for-profit clients. Thirteen firms in total participated in surveying existing conditions of local VFW and American Legion posts, making them eligible for needed funding. The participating firms are:
Abstract Architecture, Architectural Resources, CannonDesign, CJS Architects, Flynn Battaglia Architects, K1 Architects, Kideney Architects, Mach Architecture, MWT Architects, R&P Oak Hill, Stieglitz-Snyder Architecture, Trautman Associates, Young+Wright Architectural.
Why I do Pro Bono?
Michael Gelen, Inkwell Studios | Recipient of the 2014 Pro Bono Publico Award in Design Excellence with Brian McAlonie, Thinking Outside the Square:
“I think its important for creatives to accept and even seek out pro bono work. Pro bono projects tend to bring together people with true passion and energy, and reconnect us with the enthusiasm that brought us to our respective fields.”
Flynn Battaglia Architects | Recipient of the 2014 Pro Bono Publico Award in Distinguished Service
“Providing Pro Bono services aligns with Flynn Battaglia Architects support of preserving and enhancing the City’s fabric through projects of all sizes. It allows us to connect with passionate individuals who have undertaken a project at a grass root level, provide them guidance and a path toward their end goal.”
Joy Kuebler, RLA, ASLA | Recipient of the 2013 Pro Bono Publico Award in Distinguished Service with Catherine Faust, Marika Frankenstein and Melissa Leopard
“Pro-bono projects allow us to share knowledge about our profession and improve the quality of life for communities that may not otherwise have an opportunity to really see the value of our profession.”
Hive City Team | Recipient of the 2012 Pro Bono Publico Award in Design Excellence
“The design and fabrication process of Elevator B proved to us that nature and the environment are a vital role in not only architecture but the redevelopment of our cities. Completing this project was extremely fulfilling, to see the colony grow and to also see the impact it has had on the surrounding site.”
Scheid Architectural | Recipient of the 2012 Pro Bono Publico Award in Distinguished Service
“Scheid Architectural is thrilled to be able to work with St. Luke’s Mission on their Gospel Village project. This opportunity allows us to give back to an under served population and strengthen a Buffalo community.”
Matthew D. Zinski and Michele Han | Recipient of the 2011 Pro Bono Publico Award in Design Excellence
“Providing pro bono services for clientele otherwise under-served by architecture has helped us spread the positive influence of good design. Additionally, we have had the opportunity to learn from a new perspective working in unique, collaborative partnerships.”
Robert E. Stark, AIA | Recipient of the 2011 Pro Bono Publico Award in Distinguished Service
“Working with this group, not only allowed our firm to contribute to the community in a meaningful manner, but also, created for us, the opportunity to build relationships with a great group of people. We also, really had a lot of fun.”