UF College of Design, Construction & Planning

DCP Alum Awarded AIA Florida Gold Medal - Published on September 4, 2018

Dan Kirby, BDES ‘89, was selected as the 2018 recipient of the Gold Medal presented by the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida).

The Gold Medal is the highest award presented by AIA Florida. Only one award may be given in a year and it recognizes an architect for work resulting in a profound impact on the profession through noteworthy accomplishments in the AIA, community organizations and governmental bodies, in a manner demonstrating distinguishable career results over and above what is normally expected.

“I’m truly appreciative to have the acknowledgement from my peers of over two decades of work as an architect and planner, as a volunteer leader in the profession and as an appointed public official,” Kirby stated. “I’m humbled to join a remarkable list of past recipients. These are people that I’ve looked up to for their amazing accomplishments. It was a special joy to publicly thank supporters, teachers, mentors and family.”

Kirby is a principal architect and planner in the Orlando office of Jacobs, one of the world’s largest professional and technical services companies. He has the rare distinction of having been recognized as a fellow by both the American Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Certified Planners. In 2013, he served as president of AIA Florida and was the first, and to date, the only African-American president in the 106-year history of the organization.

Kirby credits his time here at DCP for starting him on the path to the great career and accomplishments he has achieved so far.

“Not only did I receive a top flight design education, but I had the opportunity to hone my skills as a leader,” Kirby said. “The preparation I received at UF was truly the foundation for success in my career and in transforming communities.”