The Gold Medal is the highest honor that can be given to an AIA Michigan architect. It is reserved for an architect who is distinguished in his career, works to advance the professional standing of all architects, and lives up to the ethical standards of the American Institute of Architects.
Since his early position as the University of Michigan's AIA Student Chapter President in 1968-69, Dennis has achieved a long and distinguished record of service to the AIA. In 2005, he was awarded the AIA Detroit Gold Medal, the highest honor that can be presented to a member of the profession, for his notable contributions to the AIA and outstanding achievements in architecture. He also directed Harley Ellis Devereaux to AIA Michigan Firm of the Year honors in 2000. Other honors include his election as a member of the AIA College of Fellows in 1992, AIA Detroit President in 1984, and AIA Michigan President in 2007.
Currently, the Chairman of the Board of the Harley Ellis Devereaux Corporation, for more than 30 years, he has guided the growth of the 102-year-old company to the industry leader it is today. His unwavering quality management vision has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including his firm being named one of "Metro Detroit's Best and Brightest Companies To Work For” nine years in a row. Chicago’
Community service is an important part of his life. He is on the Board of Trustees for Beaumont Hospitals and Friends of the William E. Scripps Estate, a director of the Oakland County Economic Development Corporation and secretary of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Architectural Foundation.
The American Institute of Architects Michigan, headquartered in the historic Beaubien House across from the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit, established its Design Awards program to bring to public attention the value and importance of architectural excellence and to recognize those whose notable achievements encourage all to make excellence in architecture the standard.
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