Architects Recognized for Service in Community
By Shive Hattery
The American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter (AIA Iowa) has recognized several Shive-Hattery architects for service to their community. They are participants in the AIA Iowa Citizen Architect Program sponsored by AIA Iowa. The program recognizes AIA Iowa members who represent AIA's values in their community through public service.
Joe Benesh, AIA, serves as Board Member/Task Force Chair of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa, Variety Club of Iowa, and Downtown Chamber Strategic Partnerships Task Force. Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa and Variety Club of Iowa both serve disadvantaged or at-risk children, providing educational opportunities and resources for them to succeed and grow. The Downtown Chamber of Commerce Strategic Partnership Task Force is charged with building relationships with the downtown business community and governmental agencies for the mutual benefit of both and the advocacy of business member and public interests. Benesh assists in strategic planning and strategic and tactical efforts by the BGCCI and Variety Club. He serves as Task Force Chair of the Strategic Partnerships Task Force.
Mike Morman, AIA, serves as Board Member of the USGBC Iowa Chapter. The USGBC Iowa Chapter works to promote and enable the integration of sustainable practices into Iowa's built environment. Morman is responsible for providing guidance and direction to the chapter. He also participates in the committees and is proponent for building sustainably in Iowa and throughout the country.
Mark Seabold, AIA, serves as the President of the University of Iowa Museum of Art - Members Council (UIMA). The UIMA Members Council seeks to increase awareness and membership through outreach events and programming both within and outside the state of Iowa. Seabold leads monthly meetings, helps plan annual fundraising events, and assists in planning other events and promotions to increase awareness and membership in the UIMA. By contributing his time to the UIMA and helping plan events that engage the public he feels that communities experience the importance of access to Art as a necessary resource.
Todd Wehr, AIA, serves as Vice President of the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber advocates for businesses, provides networking opportunities, educates small businesses, and provides quality of life events. Wehr leads event committees, supports the president, establishes a budget, nominates board members, is a member of the executive board, and chairs the entertainment garden at the annual SummerFest festival. Wehr is also involved in the Ankeny Rotary and has led the registration committee for the annual fundraiser.