The Design Futures Council has named LS3P’s Chairman | President | CEO Thompson E. Penney, FAIA, as an Honorary Senior Fellow. The Fellowship was presented at the Design Futures Council Leadership Summit on the Business of Design on November 16th, 2015 at the Harvard Club in New York City.
The Design Futures Council, a global network of design community professionals, selects Senior Fellows for “significant contributions toward the understanding of changing trends, new research, and applied knowledge that improve the built environment and the human condition.” The 2015 class of Honorary Senior Fellows includes architects, planners, academics, and NGO leaders.
James P. Cramer, co-founder and chairman of the Design Futures Council, writes that “the leadership role of design is of critical importance toward the creation of a healthier and happier planet. The new Senior Fellows of the Deign Futures Council have been selected for the tremendous impact they have had on our world. Each is noteworthy for providing new hope and direction.”
Penney’s lifelong commitment to professional and community service efforts has also been recognized with the 2009 Award for Ethics and Civic Responsibility from the Free Enterprise Foundation, and the 2015 Joseph P. Riley Leadership Award from the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce in 2015. Penney, who joined LS3P as a high school senior, returned to the firm full-time after earning both a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture with honors from Clemson University. Penney became President of LS3P in 1982, was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 1990, and served as the 79th National President of the American Institute of Architects in 2004, advancing the platform “Design Matters.”
About Design Futures Council: The Design Futures council is an interdisciplinary network of design, product, and construction leaders exploring global trends, challenges, and opportunities to advance innovation and shape the future of the industry and environment.