JOHN C. GUENTHER (BA Environmental Design ‘76, BA Arch. ‘77)
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD
John C. Guenther, FAIA, LEED AP has produced a distinguished body of architecture that contributes significantly to the built environment, with projects ranging from the adaptive reuse of historic landmarks to new projects that fit comfortably into their physical, environmental, social and historic context. His work has received over 50 national, regional, and local awards from the American Institute of Architects and a diverse array of professional organizations, civic groups, and publications. John’s work has been the subject of many articles in newspapers, magazines, and books.
John received his Bachelor of Environmental Design with Distinction in 1976, the Thayer Medal for Design Excellence, 1976 and Bachelor of Architecture in 1977 from the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design & Planning. He was a Ewart Scholar, 1974-1975, and studied at the Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
John was a design principal and partner with Mackey Mitchell Architects, having been with the firm from 1979 to 2009. His design for the Alberici Corporate Headquarters, when completed in 2004, was the highest rated LEED Platinum building in the world. Recognized by awards ranging from the 2006 AIA COTE Top Ten to BusinessWeek/Architectural Record’s Good Design is Good Business, it has been widely published in books and national magazines.
Since 2009, John has practiced independently as John C. Guenther Architect LLC.
In 2010, John was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects for notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture in design.
DAVID W. HILL (BFA – Industrial Design ‘82)
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD
As the Chief Design Officer Emeritus for Lenovo’s personal computer and enterprise business groups, David led an international team of over 100 highly skilled designers in four countries. Collectively, this strategic role shaped the brand impressions of Lenovo. Prior to joining Lenovo, David enjoyed a nearly 20 year career at IBM leading their most strategic design activities.
His combined IBM and Lenovo design experiences include computing systems ranging from high performance servers to the now iconic ThinkPad. Along with Richard Sapper, David conceived the innovative “design evolution” model that built enduring brand value for ThinkPad. His work is well known throughout the industry to embody a strong synergistic relationship between form and function.
David has garnered over 200 international design awards for his work including 11 IDEA Awards. Other highlights include the IDSA’s coveted Design of the Decade award, multiple “IF” Top 10 and Best of Category awards, repeated German Red Dot Best of the Best Awards, the China Red Star Award and the acclaimed Japanese G-Mark Top 100 Award for design excellence. His work is also included in the permanent design collections of museums in Europe and the United States. David was named a Lenovo Distinguished Designer and master inventor holding over 60 issued patents related to design and user experience.
Since stepping down from Lenovo, David recently formed ThinkNext design where he concentrates on strategic consulting.
LAURA EDER (M.Arch. ‘10)
YOUNG ARCHITECT/DESIGNER AWARD
Laura Eder is an Associate and Project Architect at GFF. Joining GFF in 2010, Laura has extensive experience in corporate office projects such as TD Ameritrade and Capital One as well as mixed-use, multi-family projects such as Fiori on Vitruvian Park, 3700M and Ardan in West Village. Laura uses her various experience on complex projects to create an inspiring atmosphere of teamwork and collaboration with each project she is a part of. She also uses her leadership skills to mature and develop strong client and consultant relationships. As Director of Sustainability, she manages the firm’s LEED and Green Globes certifications. Laura served as the Chair of the AIA Dallas Committee on the Environment in 2015 and is currently serving on the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) North Texas Regional Council.
Laura graduated in 2010 with her Masters of Architecture from the University of Kansas and became a licensed architect in June 2013. She is an active member in AIA Dallas, The Real Estate Council (TREC), and USGBC Texas. She is a graduate from the 2015 AIA Emerging Leaders Program and TREC’s 2017 Associate Leadership Council (ALC) class.