Richard S. Bacon, president of Bacon Group, Inc., an architecture firm in Clearwater, FL, has been elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows for his animal shelter design work. Rick is one of 139 AIA members across the country and one of only two in Florida to be elevated to Fellow this year. The new Fellows will be recognized in an investiture ceremony on June 27 at the 2014 National AIA Convention in Chicago.
Rick believes that our society values better quality and more humane animal housing as it recognizes the quality of life benefits we derive from our furry and feathered companions. Through his facility design and education of architects and others, Rick has advanced the architectural design of animal shelters transforming inhumane animal impounds into true animal resource centers for the communities they serve.
“There are very few building types in our communities that have seen such a rise in status as animal shelters, and Rick Bacon played a key role in making this happen,” stated Martha T. Seng, FAIA, Principal at Jackson & Ryan Architects and animal shelter design colleague located in Houston, in her sponsor letter to the College of Fellows jury on behalf of Rick’s nomination. The election to fellowship recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals and their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.
Rick founded Bacon Group, Inc. in 1991 and is a member of the AIA Tampa Bay Chapter. He started designing animal shelters in 1993 with the Pinellas County Animal Services Shelter and Adoption Center located in Largo, FL. Since then he has designed or consulted on over 130 animal care facilities, such as animal control and humane care shelters, veterinary hospitals, and animal boarding and day care, in 26 states. Rick presents design workshops for numerous animal care organizations, such as The Humane Society of the United States, and writes articles on animal care facility design for several national publications. In 2011 he traveled to Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. to consult with the City of Taipei and other Taiwan based animal welfare groups where he assisted local architects with renovation design for the Taipei City Animal Shelter and lectured on animal shelter design best practices. His shelter design work has been recognized by industry organizations including Engineering News-Record Southeast and the AIA Atlanta Chapter.
A complete list of the AIA members elevated as Fellows this year may be found at the following: http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2014/fellows/index.htm
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