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May 21, 2004







City Managing Director Benjamin B. Lee, FAIA, recently received the 2004 Ernest H. Hara, FAIA Distinguished Service Award from the University of Hawaii School of Architecture.


Raymond Yeh, FAIA, Dean of the School of Architecture, said the “award recognizes outstanding leadership in and service to the architecture profession in Hawaii serving as an inspiration to others in the field.” He added that Lee is “recognized for his distinguished record of service and his significant leadership role in Hawaii and at the City and County of Honolulu.”


Appointed in 1985 as the first architect to hold a Cabinet level position in the City and County of Honolulu, Lee became Managing Director in 1998 and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the City. He serves as the principal advisor to Mayor Jeremy Harris on planning, design and land use issues.


In accepting the award, Lee commented that his passion for design excellence, protection of the land and natural environment and commitment to improve the quality of life for our residents can be attributed to the late Vladimir Ossipoff, FAIA.  Lee said Ossipoff was a good friend, mentor and his first employer after receiving his architecture degree from Arizona State University in 1967.


Lee received the Hawaii Society Design Excellence Award for the planning of the City’s West Loch Estates Affordable Housing Project in 1989 and was named Fellow to The American Institute of Architects in 1998. He is registered to practice in California, Colorado and Hawaii.


Lee is the sixth recipient of this prestigious award since its inception in 1995.  Other recipients include Ernest Hara, FAIA; Frank Haines, FAIA; Elmer Botsai; FAIA; Dennis Toyomura, FAIA; and Don Chapman, FAIA.


Mayor Harris, family and friends were present to see Lee accept the award from Ernest Hara, FAIA and Dean Raymond Yeh, FAIA, at the School of Architecture Commencement Ceremony on Monday.




Friday, May 21, 2004

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