INDIANAPOLIS (February 17, 2009) - Bill Browne, the founding principal of RATIO Architects, has been elected into the prestigious American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows in recognition of his design work throughout Indiana and the country.
was the only Indiana architect this year to be elected for AIA Fellowship, which recognizes significant national contributions to the architecture profession and society.
is the 26th Hoosier since the mid-1960s to be elevated to the AIA Fellow status, one of the highest honors an architect can receive from his
When Browne first founded RATIO in 1982, the firm's primary focus was historic preservation.
"It is a great honor to be elected into the AIA College of Fellows
, but it wouldn't have been possible without my talented colleagues at RATIO
, and the wide range of leaders, visionaries and community partners who value the positive impact that design can have on our city and state," Browne
For 17 years, Browne has served as the mayoral appointment to the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission, and has played a pivotal role in revitalization efforts of the city's historic districts.
In February 2008, Gov.
Mitch Daniels honored Browne
for his design work for the state by naming him a Sagamore of the Wabash, one of the highest awards given by the state to a citizen.
Browne is also a member of the 2012 Super Bowl Bid Committee; a member of the Marian College Cycling Advisory Board; a member of the Indiana Limestone Company Advisory Board; and the Treasurer for the Indiana State Museum Foundation.
has partnered with several local, national and international artists including David Young and Jeff Laramore, Robert Indiana, Dale Chihuly and J. Seward Johnson to develop creative works to help spotlight public art in mid-sized cities.
Browne is a past president of the Indianapolis chapter of the AIA, and a member of both the state and local chapters of the organization.