Brown Inducted into 2015 Alabama Construction Hall of Fame

Brown Inducted into 2015 Alabama Construction Hall of Fame

Feb 20th, 2015

Don Brown, FAIA, principal and owner of Brown Studio Architecture in Montgomery and a 1971 Auburn Architecture alumnus, was inducted into the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame at the Alabama AGC BuildSouth Awards Banquet on January 16 at The Club. The Construction Industry Hall of Fame was established by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Alabama to honor outstanding general contractors, specialty contractors or suppliers, and architects or engineers who have served the Alabama construction for at least 25 years and who are held in high esteem by their peers for their professionalism and for their civic and community involvement.


Brown has had senior design and management responsibility for approximately 2,000 projects in virtually every market segment with a combined value of $2 billion over his 37 years as a principal and firm owner. The work of Brown Studio Architecture includes many landmark projects: Montgomery’s downtown and riverfront master plan, the Alley, the Riverwalk, the Amphitheater, the Ballpark, and a historic restoration of the original Tuskegee Airman Flying Field, which received the Preservation Award for Federal Partnership in Historic Preservation.


Serving his community, profession, college and country are hallmarks of Brown’s career. He recently served as Vice President of the American Institute of Architects, was an AIA National board member, has served in many leadership positions including the Gulf States regional director from 2009-2011 and as the past chair of ArchiPac. He is a Richard Upjohn Fellow of the AIA and served on the AIA Board Advocacy Committee from 2007-2011. He was also president of the Alabama Council AIA in 2003. He was elevated to Fellowship in the AIA for his service to the profession.


Brown’s community service includes serving as chair of the Montgomery Historic Development Commission, the Alabama Architectural Foundation, and the Alabama Council on the Arts and Humanities. He has actively served Auburn University, chairing Architecture’s Advisory Council and currently serving on the Executive Committee for the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. He delivered the May 2014 Auburn University Commencement address.


Besides his degree in Architecture from Auburn, Brown’s education includes studies in art history at Williams College. While leading an architecture practice, he served as an Air Force reserve commander at Maxwell Air Force Base. He retired as a Colonel.


“CADC congratulates Don Brown on the well-deserved honor of his induction into the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame,” says Vine Nathan, Dean and McWhorter Chair in the CADC. “He has, as is stated in the AGC induction criteria, ‘literally changed the landscape of our state and nation.’ We are especially grateful for his service to the CADC.”


Brown joins other distinguished CADC alumni inductees in the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame: Nicholas H. Holmes Jr. (2001); Bill Caton Sr. (2007); William W. Herrin (2008); D. Riley Stuart (2009); Richard Saliba (2010); Jim Anthony and Daniel Bennett (2011); Richard E. Barrow (2012); and Jamie Aycock, William A. Hunt (2013), and Earlon McWhorter (2014).