Las Vegas architect receives prestigious award

Craig Galati earns highest honor for Nevadans in his industry

LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas architect Craig Galati, co-owner of Lucchesi Galati, received the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Nevada Distinguished Service Awards Silver Medal, the highest honor AIA awards any Nevada architect, during an awards program on Oct. 15 in Reno.  

“Occasionally we have the opportunity to recognize a person for significant service to the profession in a capacity of community involvement with enormous influence. Craig Galati is one of those individuals,” said Chris Green, AIA chair of the Distinguished Service jury stated during the program. “I found it refreshing to see an architect on the cover of a Nevada business magazine as a most respected CEO. This gives AIA architects street credibility that is important as we move our collective agendas forward. Craig exhibits excellent and significant firm and community leadership with a strong design portfolio and it is this we recognize with this award.”

Galati’s career began in 1983, and throughout the years, he has worked to increase the standard architectural practice to encompass community, people, environments and business. In his career, Galati has held many titles including AIA Las Vegas president, AIA Nevada president, Nevada Society of Architects president, chairman of the Las Vegas Planning Commission and president of H.E.L.P. Las Vegas Housing corporation.

For Galati, the award means being inducted into a small group of past award winners he admires. This year’s judging was done by architecture professionals from Colorado, California and Washington.

“I’m honored to be included in that group of tremendous people,” he said. “It was also recognition from beyond our neck of the woods. Knowing that professionals from outside Las Vegas – outside Nevada – recognize my work was a different kind of validation for me.”

Established in 1986, Lucchesi Galati is a cross-disciplinary, client-centered consulting firm that brings together the disciplines of architecture, sociology and sustainability using a collaborative, participatory and community-based process. Best known for its work on the LEED-certified Springs Preserve master plan and one of only a handful of Platinum LEED-certified buildings in the world, the Desert Living Center at the Springs Preserve, Lucchesi Galati has been a longtime advocate of green design and green living.

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