Koehn wins LTU's architecture alumni award

Release Date: September 18, 2013

Bryan Koehn (second from right) accepts the 2013 Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award from Dean Glen LeRoy of LTU’s College of Architecture and Design; Ellen Rotter, co-chair of the Architecture and Design Cabinet of the LTU Alumni Association; and LTU President Virinder Moudgil.

Grand Rapids architect Bryan Koehn, BSAr’86, MAr’89, is this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award presented annually by the Architecture and Design Cabinet of the Lawrence Technological University Alumni Association.

An architect with the firm progressive ae since 2004, Koehn serves as principal, director of design, and a member of the board of directors. Previously he worked with Arthur F. Smith Architects and founded his own firm, Architects Asylum.

“Bryan exhibits the highest level of consideration, care, and passion for his clients, co-workers, and community. His mastery of design … is exemplary. … He directs the process much like a conductor does a symphony: setting the mood, controlling the dynamic, and drawing the absolute best out of every participant,” one of his nominators wrote.

Koehn’s recent projects include the Bissell Tree House at the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids; Steelcase’s Worklab in Kentwood; the Michigan Electric Transmission Company facility in Gains Township; and the Gold LEED®-certified Rapid Wealthy Operations Center in Grand Rapids. Among his interior architecture projects are the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology and Mirador, both in Grand Rapids.

Since 2006, Koehn has served on the advisory board member of Design West Michigan, an organization that explores design as an economic building block for the region and works to promote a design-centric business and cultural environment. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and has also served on AIA committees and as a juror and a presenter.

Koehn also has been a juror and adjunct faculty member in LTU’s College of Architecture and Design since 1997, teaching on campus and in the University’s satellite studios. He also sits on the advisory board of the Kendall School of Art and Design’s Master of Architecture program.

Koehn has been recognized many times for his work, beginning with the Minoru Yamasaki Award in 1986. He was named Young Architect of the Year by AIA Detroit in 1999 and AIA Michigan in 2001 and has earned over 30 AIA Honor Awards.

The Lawrence Technological University Distinguished Architectural Alumni Award is given annually in recognition of the recipient’s professional, academic, and personal achievements. These achievements include local, national, and international status; charitable, volunteer, and community service; academic achievements; and support of LTU’s College of Architecture and Design.


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