Clymer Cease, FAIA has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. This honor recognizes individual achievements as an architect and contributions to the profession and to society. Clymer has focused his career on the role of architecture as a connector between civic and cultural life. He has made significant contributions toward a regional transformation of the Triangle in the intersecting worlds of the arts, urbanism, and architecture.
Clymer is a principal and board member with Clark Nexsen in the firm’s Raleigh, North Carolina office. He has been instrumental in the realization of many high profile projects, including the renovation of Terminal 1 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the North Carolina Museum of Art Expansion, and the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on NC State University’s Centennial Campus. With a focus on people and technology, Time magazine called Hunt Library the “library of the future.”
He has advanced initiatives to provide widespread public access to the arts. Chairing the boards of both the Downtown Raleigh Alliance and Artsplosure, he helped to revitalize Raleigh’s urban core with public art, arts festivals, and expanding opportunities to participate in the arts. As chair of the Regional Transportation Alliance’s leadership team, Clymer worked with business leaders and elected officials to improve transportation options in the region with a rapidly growing population of more than 2 million people.
The AIA Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. The 2016 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects elevated 149 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows. Out of a total AIA membership of over 85,000, less than 4 percent of members are distinguished with this honor. The 2016 Fellows will be recognized at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Convention 2016 in Philadelphia.
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