Knowlton School Alumni Elevated to the AIA College of Fellows

Knowlton School graduates Navy Banvard (BSARCH ’82), Lane Beougher (BSARCH ’93), Tim Fishking (BSARCH ’84), David Meleca (BSARCH ’85), Steven Turckes (BSARCH ’84, MARCH ‘89) and James Wright (BSARCH ’73) have been elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). One of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member, elevation to fellowship recognizes significant contributions to architecture and society on a national level.

On receiving the distinction, Navy Banvard commented, “I am very thankful for the honor and believe that it brings a lot of prestige to my firm and all of its talented people.” Reflecting on his time as an undergraduate at the Knowlton School of Architecture, Navy added, “My KSA degree provided a strong foundation upon which my career has been built. It transformed me both personally and professionally and I owe much to the talented professors and teaching assistants who helped me to get started in what has become a very rewarding journey. As others have written…But for Ohio State.”


Navy Banvard (BSARCH ’82), FAIA
Van Tilburg, Banvard & Soderbergh, AIA

Navy Banvard is a founding principal at Van Tilburg, Banvard & Soderbergh, AIA (VTBS Architects), where he manages the daily activities of the firm. VTBS Architects is based in Santa Monica, California, with offices in San Jose, California and Denver, Colorado. Navy is a recognized expert in the areas of land planning, housing design and the creation of livable communities. His work includes the design and management of over 200 completed residential projects that have provided over 60,000 homes for all segments of the market, including senior and affordable communities. To date, his projects have garnered more than 30 design awards.

In 2008, Navy was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Knowlton School. During the school’s successful $16 million capital campaign, he served as campaign committee co-chair. A donation by Navy created the Robert S. Livesey Teaching Award Endowment Fund, which will provide awards to Knowlton faculty who excel in teaching and demonstrate commitment to our students beyond the classroom.


Lane Beougher (BSARCH ’93), FAIA
Ohio Facilities Construction Commission

Lane Beougher is an architect with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (formerly the State Architect's Office, which merged with the Ohio School Facilities Commission in 2012), with over 30 years of facilities planning, architectural design, specifications preparation and construction administration experience. Lane served as State Architect from February 2011 to September 2012. Prior to joining state service in December 2005, he was an associate and senior project architect with Braun & Steidl Architects, an AIA Ohio Gold Medal firm.

Heavily involved with the American Institute of Architects, Lane was president of the Columbus Chapter in 2008, and serves as its delegate to the AIA Ohio Board. In 2002, he was selected to participate in the AIA Leadership Institute. He received the AIA Ohio Public Service Award in 2004 and the AIA Ohio Mentor Award in 2010. Lane served on the Advisory Group for the AIA Public Architects Committee 2008-12, and now serves on the AIA Contract Documents Committee.


Tim Fishking (BSARCH ’84), FAIA

With more than 27 years of experience, Tim Fishking has had an integral role in advancing the healthcare architecture practice of NBBJ. Most recently Tim has focused on advancing the relationships between Building Information Modeling, Integrated Delivery, and prefabrication opportunities in healthcare design. His implementation of these strategies for the Miami Valley Hospital Heart and Orthopedic Center has won many awards, and he is currently refining them further for the OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital Neuroscience Institute.

Tim has completed other notable projects with Celebration Health in Orlando, Woodwinds Health Campus in Minneapolis, and St. John Providence Park in Novi, Michigan. Additionally, he can be credited with leading the design team of the National Taiwan University Children’s Hospital and two of the first western style medical facilities in Russia – Moscow Medical Center and the GUTA Clinic Hospital – both in Moscow.


David Meleca (BSARCH ’85), FAIA
David B. Meleca Architects LLC 

Principal of David B. Meleca Architects LLC, David Meleca established his full-service architectural and interior design firm in 1996 in downtown Columbus, Ohio. With the credo, “Creativity through Tradition”, the firm specializes in traditional architecture, design and documentation. The breadth of Meleca’s work involves commercial, retail, restaurant, multifamily, residential, religious facilities and mixed-use. This focus has gained the company recognition by the Classical Institute as one of the top 100 classical firms in the world. David has also been referenced as one of the top five architects in the country for traditional Catholic Church design.


Steven Turckes (BSARCH ’84, MARCH ‘89), FAIA, LEED AP

Steven Turckes leads the K-12 Educational Facilities Group of Perkins+Will, an international award-winning architectural firm specializing in the research-based planning and design of innovative and sustainable educational facilities. In Steven’s 24-year career his work has focused on the programming, master planning and implementation of numerous K-12 projects across the nation and abroad.

Steven’s experience and understanding of the key issues surrounding K-12 facilities have led to numerous presentations at regional and national educational conferences on a broad range of topics from planning 21st century schools to safety and security to green architecture and its use in school facilities. His projects have been recognized with numerous awards and honors from both the architectural and educational communities.


James Wright (BSARCH ’73), FAIA, NCARB
Page Southerland Page, Inc.

James Wright is one of the seven Senior Principals of Page Southerland Page, Inc. (Page), and the Design Director of the firm's Washington, DC office; he serves as CEO of Page Southerland Page International, Ltd., and Page Southerland Page International, LLC, the firm’s two international contracting entities, and is the Board Manager of Page Southerland Page International, LLC-Abu Dhabi.

In 39 years of practice James has led the design of nearly $4 billion of building construction in the U.S. and over 40 other countries. Joining Page as its Washington, DC Principal in 1997, James developed a U.S. embassy design studio that transformed the five-person office he inherited to a team of over 60 architects and interior designers. In addition to the vast portfolio of State Department work performed overseas, James has foreign client built project experience worldwide along with over 40 significant projects in the U.S.