David M. Powell, FAIA, Wins 2023 AIA Award for Excellence in Public Architecture

The American Institute of Architects has named David M. Powell, FAIA, the winner of the 2023 AIA Award for Excellence in Public Architecture. Originally created in 1992 as the Thomas Jefferson Award, the honor acknowledges “the importance of public officials or individuals who by their role and advocacy have furthered the public’s awareness and appreciation of design excellence in public architecture,” according to AIA.

Powell is being celebrated for his many contributions to Nashville, Tenn., where he has practiced since 1991. A former musician, the HASTINGS Architecture co-owner and principal brings an artful perspective to his projects, relying on “a design process akin to songwriting,” according to an AIA press release announcing Powell’s win. “He clearly articulates his vision and uncovers ‘the hook,’ ultimately developing an overarching structure that tells a complete story,” the release continues. “This process has been integral in Nashville, where unprecedented growth and development have advanced the importance of public architecture and community spaces rooted in culture.”

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