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Architect earns Distinguished Architecture award from Lawrence Tech

October 8, 2013
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Architect earns Distinguished Architecture award from Lawrence Tech
Bryan Koehn.

Lawrence Technological University has added another honor to an already much-decorated local architect.

Bryan Koehn was recently named the winner of the alumni association’s annual Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award by the Architecture and Design Cabinet at Lawrence Tech.

Koehn is a principal, board member and director of design at Progressive AE, a Grand Rapids architecture and engineering firm.

"Mastery of design"

The Distinguished Architectural Alumni Award recognizes a recipient’s professional, academic and personal achievements, which include industry standing, charitable and community service and support of the university’s College of Architecture and Design.

Those who nominated Koehn for the award said he “exhibits the highest level of consideration, care and passion for his clients, co-workers and community” and “his mastery of design is exemplary.”

He has also taught at Lawrence Tech since 1997 as an adjunct faculty member.


Koehn’s recent work at Progressive has included designing the Bissell Tree House at John Ball Zoo, the Steelcase Worklab in Kentwood, the Michigan Electric Transmission Co. facility in Gaines Township and The Rapid station on Wealthy Street.

He also designed interiors for the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology and Mirador, both in Grand Rapids.

Koehn joined Progressive in 2004 and is an advisory board member of the Kendall College of Art and Design’s master of architecture program. 

Koehn earned his architectural degrees at Lawrence Tech: the bachelor’s in 1986 and the master’s in 1989.

Decorated architect

The Lawrence Tech honor is the latest in a string of awards that Koehn has received going back to 1986, when he won the Minoru Tamasaki Award.

AIA Detroit named him its Young Architect of the Year in 1999, and AIA Michigan did the same in 2001.

Overall, Koehn has earned more than 30 AIA honors.

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