Steven Spurlock Elected Secretary of AIA College of Fellows Executive Committee

Lorynn Holloway
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Steven Spurlock, FAIA, elected 2024/2025 Secretary for AIA College of Fellows Executive Committee.
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Steven Spurlock, FAIA, LEED AP, and a principal at Quinn Evans, has been elected as the 2024/2025 Secretary of the College of Fellows (COF) Executive Committee for the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Spurlock’s nomination acceptance was announced at the 2023 annual Business Meeting in October after an in-depth jury review of the submissions and letters of references for all candidates.

Steven’s accomplishments at the local, regional, and national levels of AIA are remarkable, and the excellence of his professional work and community involvement will allow him to administer his duties for the College well.
- Ron Blitch, FAIA, Vice-Chancellor of the College of Fellows

Steven joined Quinn Evans in 2016 and brings 44 years of architecture and management experience to the profession with a focus on cultural, heritage, and living projects. His passion for solving problems, preservation, and historic buildings has spearheaded many of his notable project work including serving as principal in charge for the creation of a new visitor center below the Lincoln Memorial’s statuary chamber in the Undercroft, the comprehensive exterior restoration and interior renovation of the Embassy of Estonia, and the major renovation of the European Union Ambassador’s historic residence, all located in Washington, DC. He also recognizes his collaboration with the late artist Sam Gilliam on numerous installation pieces over a 20-year period as a career highlight.

A view of an artist surrounded by his work, creating in an art studio.
Artist, Sam Gilliam, creating in the Sam Gilliam Art Studio in Washington, DC.
A warehouse style art studio with art displayed on the walls and an organized paint shelf.
The transformation of an urban warehouse created a vibrant open studio space.

Continuously seeking opportunities to ensure the long-term success of the architecture and design profession, Steven pays it forward as a resource of knowledge and service and by cultivating lifelong relationships. He is an active member of the Association for Preservation Technology DC Chapter, the AIA DC Chapter where he serves on the Fellows Public Programs Committee, and is a trustee and elected 2024 Vice President of the Cosmos Club Historic Preservation Foundation. Steven is also a regional representative for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the AIA National College of Fellows.

Throughout his career, Steven has received design awards from organizations such as the AIA and acquired peer-sponsored awards for multifamily residential projects, commercial buildings, churches, and cultural projects. In 2020, Steven received the Centennial Medal from the AIA DC Chapter—the highest award given to members for service to the profession.

Steven studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (1977) in London and holds a Bachelor of Architecture (1978) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Read Steven’s interview with current AIA COF Executive Committee Secretary, Kate Schwennsen, AIA, in the AIA College of Fellows Quarterly newsletter.

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