November 16, 2020

Nix and Kienle Recognized as Distinguished Alumni

Knowlton School alumni, Raymond L. Nix and James T. Kienle were presented with College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Awards for Career Achievement.

Two Knowlton School alumni, Raymond L. Nix and James T. Kienle were presented with College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Awards for Career Achievement at the 2020 Alumni Awards Reception in  October. A celebration of the 2020 winners will be held in 2021, once it is safe to gather in person.

“We are delighted to honor these alumni who better their communities and our world through their extraordinary professional achievements, innovation, and service,” said COE Dean David B. Williams. “They represent the best and brightest graduates from across the College of Engineering and inspire us all.”

The Distinguished Alumni Awards were established by the faculty of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University in 1954. Their purpose is to recognize distinguished achievement in one's profession through significant inventions, important research or design, administrative leadership, or genius in production.

Raymond L. Nix, AICP, APA (BSLA ’92, MCRP ’94)

Raymond L. Nix, the founder of two real estate development and revitalization firms, LouisLee Companies, LLC, and NIXDIV, has spent his professional career committed to community and affordable housing development. His national experience transforming distressed neighborhoods into livable communities of choice includes developing over 1,400 residential units throughout the mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions totaling more than $298 million in development costs.

James T. Kienle, FAIA (BSArch ’67)

James T. Kienle focused his 45-year architectural career on preservation design and achieved a national reputation as a historic preservation specialist. He was vice president and national director of historic preservation for HNTB Architects, Engineers & Planners for 19 years, and recently retired from Moody Nolan as the director of historic preservation design studio. Kienle’s notable projects include the Indiana Government Center South, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Circle Theatre, and master plans for the Indiana and Kentucky State Capital campuses.