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11-1-07

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ISU architecture professor receives AIA Iowa's Educator Award

AMES, Iowa -- Gregory Palermo, professor and associate chair for undergraduate education in the Iowa State University department of architecture, received the Educator Award from the Iowa Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Iowa) at its fall convention in Des Moines.

The award recognizes individuals for their contributions to architectural education in Iowa. Recipients have positively influenced a large number and wide range of students, are forward-thinking and integrate other areas of expertise into their teaching.

"Gregory is the consummate professional educator; he provides the answers students think they need by asking them questions that stimulate them to learn even more," said Calvin Lewis, chair of the architecture department. "This engaging educational method continues to serve our students well into their professional careers."

A member of the Iowa State architecture faculty since 1992, Palermo teaches architectural design, urban design and introductory theory and has led a variety of undergraduate and graduate design studios and seminars. He was a member of the faculty team that developed Plato's Cave, the university's Web-based visual resources collection, which now contains nearly 150,000 catalogued images. Most recently, he led development of an innovative new course, Design Cultures, that is now part of the ISU College of Design's Core Design Program for all first-year students.

Palermo is a fellow, a past director and national vice president of the AIA, a past president of AIA Iowa, and a past director and president of the National Architectural Accrediting Board. He is associate editor of Iowa Architect magazine and co-author with Barry Wasserman and Patrick Sullivan of "Ethics and the Practice of Architecture" (John Wiley & Sons, 2000), which has become a standard in professional practice courses at institutions nationwide.

"The products of Gregory's work are architects, urban designers and educators engaged in architectural firms, community design centers and universities throughout this country and around the globe," said Kate Schwennsen, associate professor of architecture and associate dean of the College of Design. "They, and we, have benefited from his expertise, energy and example."

Palermo earned a bachelor of architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa., and a master of architecture and urban design degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He was an instructor, visiting architect and affiliate assistant professor at Washington University from 1975 to 1990.

Palermo was engaged in architectural practice full time for more than 20 years, including leadership roles as principal, manager and/or designer for all phases of the architectural process from master planning through construction. The Des Moines Federal Courthouse Annex, for which Palermo was the principal designer, received first place in design competition. The building was completed in early 1995.

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Gregory Palermo, professor and associate chair for undergraduate education in the Iowa State department of architecture, received the Educator Award from the Iowa Chapter of the American Institute of Architects at its fall convention in Des Moines. Award recipients have positively influenced a large number and wide range of students, are forward-thinking and integrate other areas of expertise into their teaching.

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"Gregory is the consummate professional educator; he provides the answers students think they need by asking them questions that stimulate them to learn even more. This engaging educational method continues to serve our students well into their professional careers."

Calvin Lewis
Architecture department chair