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American Institute of Architects Elevates Three Michigan Architects to College of Fellows

Selections include Michael Corby, executive vice president and design principal at Grand Rapids-based Integrated Architecture; C. Richard Hall, a principal and director of healthcare design services at Harley Ellis Devereaux in Southfield, Mich.; and Benedetto Tiseo, president of the Livonia-based Tiseo Architects, Inc.

Detroit, MI, March 05, 2010 --( The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the elevation of three Michigan architects to the organization’s College of Fellows: Michael Corby, FAIA, LEED AP; C. Richard Hall, FAIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED GA and Benedetto Tiseo, FAIA, NCARB.

The three architects were among 134 members nationally elevated to AIA’s prestigious College of Fellows. This honor is awarded to members who have made contributions of national significance to the profession.

Of more than 80,000 AIA members nationwide, less than three percent have been named to the College of Fellows. New Fellows are entitled to use the designation “FAIA” following their names and will be invested in the College of Fellows at the 2010 AIA National Convention and Design Expo in Miami on June 11.

“We are thrilled to have three Michigan architects elevated to such a prestigious position within the organization this year,” said Rae Dumke, Hon. AIA, Executive Director of AIA Michigan. “Each honoree exemplifies the very best of the AIA.”

Michael Corby, an executive vice president and design principal at Grand Rapids-based Integrated Architecture, is best known for melding creative design with practical application. A pioneer of the responsible design philosophy, he is one of Michigan’s first LEED accredited architects. His work has earned him 31 AIA Honor Awards and has been featured in such national publications as The New York Times, Architectural Record, Environmental Design and Construction, and Interiors and Sources.

Corby, who is registered to practice in 25 states, has helped Integrated Architecture build several significant “first” in the state of Michigan, including: the first (USBGC) Gold-LEED certified office building, the Herman Miller Marketplace; the nation’s first LEED-certified YMCA, the David D. Hunting YMCA in Grand Rapids; and the nation’s first LEED-certified church, Keystone Community Church in east Grand Rapids.

C. Richard Hall, a principal and director of healthcare design services at Harley Ellis Devereaux, founded and developed a national healthcare studio that now serves 95 practitioners representing all disciplines dedicated to health care, guiding teams to approach each medical center as “a client for life,” providing design excellence and innovation regardless of project type, scope or budget. He has advanced excellence in healthcare architecture by furthering multi-disciplinary, experienced-based design, thus creating innovative models; and designing sustainable, holistic environments that uplift the mind, body and spirit.

Outside the office, he has served as adjunct faculty at Lawrence Technological University’s School of Architecture for more than 30 years and as guest critic at the University of Michigan Taubman School of Architecture regarding healthcare facilities design. Currently, he is directing the healthcare studio’s support of two new Master of Architecture programs specializing in healthcare design at the University of Detroit Mercy and University of Illinois at Chicago.

Benedetto Tiseo, the president of the Livonia-based Tiseo Architects, Inc., reenergized AIA Michigan’s advocacy process beginning in 1990 by leading one of the first Professional Practice Committees in the country to combat unlicensed architectural practice. His efforts ultimately led to the first ever change in Michigan licensing laws that permitted private actions to enjoin licensed activity. Two years later, he reactivated the AIA Michigan Government Affairs Committee. Through his leadership, AIA Michigan is a powerful voice in the state capital while the committee itself has served as a national model.

In addition to his role in AIA, Tiseo teaches Professional Practice at Lawrence Technological University (LTU), one of the largest architecture schools in the country. Through his “citizen architect” program, more than 1,200 students have learned to become active members of their community and to be personally involved in the laws and codes that impact our built environment.

The mission of AIA Michigan is to serve its membership, advance the values of the profession and improve the quality of the built environment. For more information, please visit

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