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on March 29, 2016 11:12 am EDT
2016 AIA IFRAA Edward S. Frey Award Winner Announced
Thomas L. Kerns, FAIA, is recognized for his commitment to religious architecture and strong design talent across interfaith projects.
Image from www.aia.org. Photo on far left (chapel interior) and 3rd from left (St. Bede) are by professional photographer Prakash Patel; watercolor of Borromini’s San Carlino Church by Thomas L. Kerns.
Congratulations to the 2016 AIA IFRAA Edward S. Frey Award winner, Thomas L. Kerns, FAIA. The Edward S. Frey Memorial Award was established in 1981 by IFRAA Inc. (which later became a part of the AIA). This award is given to an architect to recognize his or her contributions to religious architecture and support of the allied arts.
Kerns was selected from a pool of highly qualified individuals, he was selected for his commitment to religious architecture and strong design talent across interfaith projects. He has been commended for putting “the needs of his clients above his own design ideologies without compromising his strong architectural, artistic and spiritual convictions.” Throughout the course of his professional practice he has listened intently to congregational leaders and committees in order to translate “their programmatic needs into outstanding environments for worship.”Winner's Biography:
Kerns is honored to receive this prestigious award for contributions to religious architecture. He accepts it on behalf of his colleagues at Kerns Group Architects and the clients who have made this body of work possible. Since founding Kerns Group Architects in 1974, he has guided the firm in completing several hundred religious projects. He was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 1989 and in 2007 received the Noland Medal, the highest award given to an individual architect in Virginia. The firm has received more than 60 AIA design awards and several IFRAA awards. In 2001 the firm received the Virginia AIA David Fitz-Gibbon Firm Award for consistently producing distinguished architecture.
Since founding Kerns Group Architects in 1974, he has guided the firm in completing several hundred religious projects.
Kerns strives for excellence within a collaborative group atmosphere and is attentive to his clients’ needs, desires, and limitations, the AIA reports. His designs exceed his clients’ goals with thoughtful spirituality and inspirational beauty. By sincerely taking the time to understand each unique community of faith. He has shepherded clients from different religious traditions through new construction, major renovations and additions.
Kerns is active in his own church, Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, in Alexandria, Va., and enjoys capturing the essence of significant churches in plein-air watercolors.More on the Frey Award
Rev. Dr. Frey dedicated his life to his work as the executive director of the Commission on Church Architecture for the Lutheran Church of America. In that role he inspired architects to foster spiritual values in design.
Dr. Frey was instrumental in fostering the three organizations that eventually melded together to form the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture. He worked tirelessly for half a century writing, lecturing, and mentoring.