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Obama Nominates Maxman to Institute Board

Tuesday, September 27, 2011  
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President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate Susan A. Maxman, FAIA, to a key Administration post as a member of the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors. Maxman was one of four intended appointees announced by the White House on September 23 and the Administration’s third intended nominee to the Institute Board.

"It gives me great confidence that such dedicated and capable individuals have agreed to join this Administration and to serve the American people. I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come," said President Obama.

If approved, Maxman would become one of the 21-member Board of Directors that governs the Institute. The Board is composed of 15 members elected from either the public interest or industry categories and six members appointed by the President of the United States subject to the approval of the U.S. Senate.

Maxman is a nationally recognized advocate and expert on the principles of sustainable design and historic preservation. She founded SMP Architects in 1980 and served as principal architect of the firm until 2011.

In 1993, upon becoming the first female president of the National American Institute of Architects (AIA), Maxman made environmentally sensitive design a priority for her administration. Under her leadership, the AIA and the International Union of Architects jointly sponsored a convention focused on architecture, the environment and sustainable design.

Maxman sat on the Eco-Efficiency Task Force of the President's Council on Sustainable Development, represented the architectural profession at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and chaired the Urban Land Institute’s Environmental Council.

She has served on numerous boards and organizations, including the Board of Overseers of the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania and the Planning and Design Commission of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Maxman has participated in design juries and been highlighted in newspapers and magazines. She also has received a number of honors, including honorary doctorates from Ball State University and University of Detroit-Mercy, the 2001 March of Dimes Service to Humanity Award, the Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania Award and the Mayor’s Commendation from the City of Philadelphia. She also appeared in the Pennsylvania Honor Roll of Women and is among those listed in Who’s Who in America.

A graduate of Smith College, Maxman received her master’s degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a registered architect in the state of Pennsylvania.

Read the release from the White House Press Office.

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