April 14, 2011

Heather Sauer, College of Design Communications, 515.294.9289
Dave Gieseke, ISU Foundation Communications, 515.294.7263

Endowed Faculty Position Established in College of Design

Pickard Chilton
William Chilton, left, and Jon Pickard have established the first-ever endowed faculty position at the College of Design. The two are co-founders of an architecture firm in New Haven, Conn.

Two Iowa State University architecture alumni who have led the design of some of the world’s most widely known buildings have established the first funded endowed faculty position in the College of Design — the Pickard Chilton Professorship in Architecture.

Jon Pickard FAIA, RIBA and William Chilton FAIA, RIBA, co-founders and Principals of Pickard Chilton, an internationally-renowned architectural firm headquartered in New Haven, Conn., have created the Pickard Chilton Professorship in Architecture to support the recruitment and retention of Iowa State faculty who are leaders in the advancement of progressive architectural education.

“Jon and Bill’s commitment to establish the first-ever endowed faculty position in the College of Design will allow the college to recognize an outstanding faculty member in our department of architecture,” said Luis Rico-Gutierrez, dean of the College of Design. “Named faculty positions such as the Pickard Chilton Professorship will allow the College of Design to support the teaching and research of a world-class faculty. We deeply appreciate their generosity and long-standing commitment to excellence in architecture at Iowa State.”

The professorship will support Iowa State faculty in the Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs, which are both accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

“Iowa State played an important role in providing us with the foundation necessary to pursue and enjoy success in our careers,” Pickard said. “In particular, the quality of teaching and mentorship was foundational in our professional education, and we felt it was appropriate to recognize this with an endowed professorship.”

“The need for external support for public and private universities has never been greater in order to elevate, not just sustain, the quality of architectural education,” Chilton said. “We hope that our support draws attention to the fact that, now more than ever, it is essential to support those institutions in the hope that the quality of education can be further enhanced for the current and next generation of students.”

Pickard and Chilton, both of whom graduated from Iowa State in 1976 with bachelor of arts degrees in architecture, have been recognized internationally for their professional achievements. In their careers, the two have designed, collaborated in the design of, or directed the construction of some of the world’s most recognized buildings, including such prominent projects as the Devon Energy World Headquarters in Oklahoma City; Eaton World Headquarters in Cleveland; 1180 Peachtree in Atlanta; Wells Fargo Financial Headquarters in Des Moines; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters near Washington, D.C.; the CalPERS Headquarters Complex in Sacramento; and Four Seasons Place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Prior to the founding of Pickard Chilton, Pickard collaborated with Cesar Pelli in the design of two the world’s tallest buildings, the Petronas Towers, in Kuala Lumpur, while Chilton led the team that designed Kingdom Centre in Saudi Arabia, which when completed, was the tallest mixed-use complex in Europe and the Middle East.

Their leadership in sustainable design has resulted in buildings representing over 24 million square feet of LEED Gold or its equivalent currently in design, under construction or completed since 2006, one of the highest volumes in the U.S. In recognition of their significant contributions to the profession, Pickard and Chilton were elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.

Both are recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from the ISU Alumni Association and the Christian Petersen Design Award as well as the Design Achievement Award from the College of Design. Both served on the Iowa State Architecture Advisory Council from 1994-99. Chilton earned a Master of Architecture degree form the University of Minnesota, while Pickard received his Master of Architecture degree from the Yale School of Architecture. They have also established endowed funds for graduate student fellowships at those institutions.

The gift is part of Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose, the university’s $800 million fundraising effort. More than $825 million in gifts and future commitments for facilities and student, faculty and programmatic support have been made to Campaign Iowa State.