Thursday, May 21, 2015

DENR architect earns prestigious national recognition

DENR architect earns prestigious national recognition

 
The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ own Renee Hutcheson was recently recognized as a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

The AIA Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. This career designation is achieved by only 3 percent of licensed architects nationally.

“Election to the fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual, but also honors before the public and the profession a model architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level,” says Terry Albrecht, Hutcheson’s section chief in the state Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service. “We are so fortunate to have Renee on our DENR team, sharing her architectural and energy expertise.”

Hutcheson, who works as an energy architect with the state’s Utility Savings Initiative in DENR, was inducted into the AIA College of Fellows in Atlanta on May 15.

Her career includes more than 20 years as a practicing architect in Florida and North Carolina designing and consulting commercial buildings including educational facilities, medical offices and banks.

Her colleagues say Hutcheson’s passion for energy efficient building designs and construction has been evident in her work in the public and private sectors. In her private sector work, for instance, Hutcheson helped craft public policy to promote energy efficiency in North Carolina state agencies and universities. In 2009, Hutcheson joined the state’s Utilities Savings Initiative, a DENR program that assists public facilities to be more efficient and higher performing. At DENR, Hutcheson has established best practices in post-occupancy energy analysis, and helped the way owners, design professionals and government officials approach energy efficiency in building projects.

Hutcheson was honored with the 2012 Gail Lindsey Sustainability Award by American Institute of Architects - North Carolina Chapter, for her work in advancing energy efficiency in North Carolina.


Renee Hutcheson works as an energy architect with the state's Utility Savings Initiative, a program in the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.Renee Hutcheson works as an energy architect with the state's Utility Savings Initiative, a program in the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
DENR's Renee Hutcheson (middle) is congratulated during a May 15 ceremony in Atlanta by Albert W. Rubeling, Jr. (right), the Fellowship of American Institute of Architects, 2015 Chancellor of the American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows and Elizabeth Chu Richter (left), the FAIA's 2015 AIA President. The ceremony was held at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.DENR's Renee Hutcheson (middle) is congratulated during a May 15 ceremony in Atlanta by Albert W. Rubeling, Jr. (right), the Fellowship of American Institute of Architects, 2015 Chancellor of the American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows and Elizabeth Chu Richter (left), the FAIA's 2015 AIA President. The ceremony was held at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

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