Ric Licata, longtime northern Nevada architect and college professor of architecture, received the Silver Medal, the highest honor that AIA Nevada can bestow upon an individual and is awarded in recognition of distinguished service to the profession of architecture.
As 2007 Northern Nevada AIA President and 2008 Nevada State AIA President, Ric spearheaded many community based projects and studies, personally demonstrating how architects can be a force for change. His efforts include the Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) Study for Northern Nevada and the Blueprint for Nevada, a sustainability plan for creating more livable communities in Nevada. As AIA 150 Champion, Licata conducted town hall meetings for the SDAT and Blueprint, and recognized community leaders who are helping to make a difference. Licata created and oversaw the Reno Magazine Awards, a program featuring AIA Architects and Allied Members. Ric has repeatedly chaired the yearly CANstruction charity can food drive benefitting the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. He also teaches architecture at TMCC.
Over the years Ric Licata has provided effective leadership at the state and national level through AIA Grassroots and legislative efforts on Capitol Hill and at the Nevada State Capitol. He has been invited to speak at the AIA Grassroots Conference on “AIA 150-What Nevada’s done right” as well as the Livable Communities Conference in Seattle, and has frequently spoken in front of both Las Vegas and Reno Chapters of the United States Green Building Council.Licata is recognized by architects, students and the public as a valuable contributor to the future of architecture in America. The AIA Silver Medal recognizes Ric Licata for doing what he believes in and in the process dramatically benefiting his profession, his students, and his community.