Ross Named VP of Design and Practice


Washington, D.C. – Ken L. Ross, FAIA, FACHA, joined the American
Institute of Architects
in the
newly created position of Vice President, Design and
Practice.   Mr. Ross, who recently retired as Senior
Principal and former President of WHR Architects, Inc., a 170-person
Houston-based full service architecture, interior design and technology
planning firm, will serve in this position on an interim basis.

In his role at the AIA, Ross will consolidate design and practice
programs, currently distributed across several departments, under a new
team dedicated to contributing to the profession’s design and
practice body of knowledge. Under his direction, the Design and
Practice team will coordinate strategic alliances, research, continuing
education, and innovations in practice and project delivery to provide
programs and services responsive to the challenges facing AIA members.

“It was extremely important to bring in someone with a
practitioner’s perspective to re-energize the focus on
architectural practice within the Institute,” said Interim
AIA Executive Vice President / CEO, Paul Welch, Hon. AIA. 
“Ken combines leadership and management capabilities with a
deep knowledge of today’s profession that will help us better
serve our members.”

During his thirty-eight year career as an architect, Ross continuously
worked with nationally known firms specializing in healthcare
architecture and is recognized for his expertise in the management of
multi-disciplinary teams on major national and international projects.

A 1971 graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Architecture,
Ross started his AIA activities as a founding member and President of
the school’s American Institute of Architecture Students
(AIAS) chapter and Gulf Coast Regional Director on the AIAS national
board. Ross is licensed in thirty-six states, the District of Columbia,
and two Canadian Provinces, and practiced in 26 states and four foreign

Also, Ross is a member of AIA Houston, where he served as Treasurer and
President and has served on the boards for the Houston Architectural
Foundation and the Texas Architectural Foundation.  His
service with the Texas Society of Architects includes Vice President of
Practice, Chair of TSA’s Government Affairs Steering
Committee, Healthcare Architecture and Fellowship Committees, and
Executive Trustee of the Texas Architects Committee.

Ken’s national service includes the AIA/AGC Joint Committee
and in 2008 completed a three-year term as the Texas Regional Director
on the AIA National Board.  While on the AIA Board, Ken served
on the Board Knowledge Committee, the Component Partnership Committee,
the Licensing Committee and the Governance Task Force.  Most
recently, he served on the Search Committee for the next AIA EVP/CEO.

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