Jeff Goldstein, Principal of DIGSAU presented the award at the AIA Philadelphia Design Awards Gala on October 18th. Here's an excerpt from his remarks:
I can think of no better honoree than Alice. She is a founder of the Community Design Collaborative in 1991. That’s right, she was in the room where it happened. She was among the group of self-described “anarchist architects” who created the Collaborative to meet a critical need.
Alice assumed key roles at critical transitions for the organization, nimbly responding to new challenges. She has served in many capacities, including Board Co-Chair, Governance Committee Co-Chair, and a member of the Board Development and Strategic Planning Committee. She has been a critical thinker and actor, guiding the Collaborative’s progression from a pilot program of this Chapter, to a start-up nonprofit organization, to the nationally-regarded community design innovator that we know today.
Alice has consistently and creatively combined her passions for design and community service in her professional life. In her own practice, Alice K Berman Associates, she offers architecture, interior design, and community advocacy to the corporate and non-profit community. Through her nonprofit, the Corporate to Community Program, she recycles and repurposes corporate assets to enhance the working environment of nonprofits.
From the Community Design Collaborative’s beginnings with a handful of socially-conscious architects to an organization that engages thousands of people from all walks of life each year, Alice’s leadership has been the common thread.
Thank you, Alice!