Honorary AIANH Membership

AIANH periodically bestows Honorary Membership to the chapter on persons of esteemed character who are not eligible for membership in the Institute or this Chapter but who have rendered distinguished service to the profession of architecture or to the arts and sciences within the territory of this Chapter.

Previous Honorary AIANH Members

2018 Honorary Members

At its 34th Annual Awards Banquet on January 5 at the Currier Museum of Art, the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIANH) named Paul Leveille and Rosemary Heard as Honorary Members of the Chapter. This award is bestowed on non-architects who have given distinguished service to the profession of architecture or to the arts and sciences related to architecture within the state of New Hampshire. 

As High Performance Building Specialist at Resilient Buildings Group in Concord, NH, Paul Leveille works with interested parties through the design, construction, and operation to optimize energy and environmental performance in buildings, including energy efficiency, pollution prevention, indoor environmental quality, and site protection. He led Jordan’s high-performance buildings program for 7 years and has been instrumental in certifying more than 50 LEED projects. Laveille is the past Director of Facilities for the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, the state’s oldest and largest land conservation organization. Among those facilities he oversaw was the award-winning Conservation Center, a showcase for passive solar design and New England’s first LEED certified building with a Gold rating. Paul has chaired the Environmental Committee of the NH Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the NH Sustainable Energy Association. He has two degrees in engineering and previously worked in the architecture field.

In recognizing Leveille for the Honorary AIANH Award, Stuart White AIA noted, “As consultant, educator and passionate public advocate for a low carbon future, you have been a mentor for many North Country design professionals. Your deep grounding in architecture, engineering and construction has enabled you to bridge the gap between disciplines.  You have gently yet persistently guided countless architects through the LEED labyrinth, all with endless patience and good humor. Your innate sense of thrift honors your Yankee inheritance; by your actions you have redefined the mantra of “walking the talk.”

Rosemary Heard, President of the Concord Area Trust for Community Housing, (CATCH), also was awarded Honorary membership to AIA New Hampshire.  The award was presented to Ms. Heard by Richard N. Swett FAIA who commented, “…Rosemary’s tireless efforts on behalf of those in our communities who are struggling to achieve home ownership and who have been in the past, and at times continue to be, denied access to living in a well-designed, well-built and well-maintained home are noteworthy and by themselves would be sufficient cause for this honor.”

Heard’s specific achievements that drew that attention of the AIANH board of directors include:

  • Her continuous effort to provide her region and the state with affordable housing.
  • Her utilization of architects and the design professions for the creation of well planned and executed projects.
  • Her leadership skills in bringing the affordable housing community together to work in a better coordinated manner.
  • Her leadership in running CATCH in a way that educates first time home buyers about the process of buying a home.
  • Her leadership in accessing financing to make possible the projects that serve CATCH's clients.
  • Her vision that enables CATCH to combine affordable housing with market rate housing to make possible the financing necessary to fund CATCH's projects while creating communities of healthy, heterogeneous members.
  • Numerous other New Hampshire committees and boards she serves on pertaining to design, construction and management of affordable housing. 

While introducing Heard at the Awards Celebration on January 5, Swett also described Heard’s lifetime passion for architecture which began when she was a child growing up in Ireland.  While pursuit of a degree in architecture went unfulfilled, it did not deter Heard from a remarkable career in which the built environment continues to play a central role.

 

For a list of all Honorary AIANH Members, go to the member roster and search by “Honorary AIANH Members."