Sheoris Earns Gold Medal from AIA Detroit

Detroit, MI, December 21, 2008 --( The American Institute of Architects Detroit bestowed its highest honor, the Gold Medal, on John V. Sheoris, FAIA of Grosse Pointe Park during its annual Celebration of Excellence at the Detroit Institute of Arts. President Mark Nickita, AIA of Birmingham made the presentation.

Sheoris has had two distinct careers. The first has been as a leading design architect of skyscrapers and hospitals around the world. The second career came about as the result of an award he received in 1982 from his alma mater, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. After a trip to New York to pick up a citation, the highest honor given to its alumni for distinguished service in their chosen field, he changed the future course of his career to academia.

He joined the faculty at Lawrence Technological University, and over many years provided invaluable leadership and service to his students and his colleagues in the College of Architecture and Design. He chaired the faculty council, was a charter member and chairman of the University Graduate Council and was coordinator of the professional degree design thesis program.

Born in New York City, he came to Detroit in 1959 as director of design for Harley, Ellington and Day. He joined Smith, Hinchman & Grylls Associates and by 1973 was a corporate vice president and director of the health facilities division. While in corporate practice he participated in design juries at the University of Detroit, University of Michigan and Lawrence Institute of Technology. He served on advisory boards and executive committees at Texas A&M and the Yale Arts Association. He was a seminar lecturer for the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning at Columbia University.

John is a Fellow in the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. He has served numerous professional organizations including the National AIA Committee on Design. He is active with the Detroit Chapter and serves on the Design Retreat Committee for AIA Michigan. In addition, community participation is an important part of his life. He is a member of the Rotary Club of the Grosse Pointes, the Assumption Church long range planning committee, and had 23 years of service on the Grosse Pointe Park Plan Commission.

In addition to a degree from Cooper Union, he holds Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from Yale University. He earned the Magnus T. Hopper Fellowship in Hospital Design for travel and study in Europe.

In 2002 the American Institute of Architects Michigan picked Sheoris for its President’s Award. The award honors architects who work in corporate or education settings. He is Professor Emeritus of Architecture, College of Architecture and Design for Lawrence Technological University.

American Institute of Architects Detroit
Mike Ingberg