“She was the calm at the center of any storm; she always knew how to handle a tough situation.”
̶ Barbara Conrey, AIA
“In this season especially, the architectural community of Vermont has a lot to give thanks for in all the genuine love and attention that came from this very fine human being. Hanne will be missed! However, what she started will live on through Carol’s efforts for which we are very grateful."
- Joseph Cincotta, AIA
“Ah, Hanne...I knew her to have lived a life full, and that's the greatest wonder and joy a human being can experience during this short moment of existence we call life. The human condition is indeed a better one for her having graced its shores. I deeply praise the character of that most wonderful lady. I knew her only since moving up to Vermont, and had the great joy of visiting her and her husband at their house about four years ago, intending—don't we all do this?—to return. But oh how she was good to me and helped welcome me into this state as a newcomer. No...I will never forget her.”
̶ Claudio Veliz, AIA
“From the first time I met Hanne 40 years ago when she was wrestled into being the executive director for Vermont’s AIA, she had that great smile. I think she knew how powerful her that smile was and meeting her at a picnic with the rest of my wacky crew hammering out our own versions of design, she insisted that we submit something to the AIA annual competition. I wasn’t a member of the AIA and hadn’t thought of it. She looked at me and said: submit this one, I love it. So I did. And every year she would call and tell me how wonderful she thought my designs were and was looking forward to the entries. Of course, she called the rest of us and said the same thing. BUT she actually believed it. She truly loved architecture and the Vermonters who were making it. And she was right. We should all be submitting our work for review and exposure and for the love of it. She knew what “for the love of it” meant. She gave us that extra, that special, that impossible to express, reason for doing the best we could do and we love her for that.”
̶ Dave Sellers, AIAVT
“Hanne had a firm understanding of how she could best help the Chapter. The President and the Board were the source of ideas, programs, and policies. It was her job to make those things happen through notices, personal communications, intelligent/thoughtful arrangements, and perseverance. She was always “on target”. Always enthusiastic. A bit of a “mother hen.” But that is probably what we needed. Over forty years, Hanne was never bored, partly because she had no trouble mixing a bit of pleasure with business. When Vermont officers were in Washington, DC for Grassroots or other occasions, she would organize an evening at “The Capitol Steps” or the theatrical event “No Sex Please – We’re British!” Her philosophy seemed to be you can do good work, and still enjoy life to the fullest. What seemed like a part-time job in the beginning, turned out to be – in addition to Arthur and their family – her career. How fortunate we are that she was willing to spend it with us.”
̶ Bob Burley, AIAVT
"She was always up for an adventure, and building AIAVT was certainly that.
Much has been said about how Hanne was hired and was the only executive director of AIAVT for the next several decades. What slips by in that statement - but is deeply embedded in it - is the countless hours she spent mentoring new Secretary/Treasurers, Vice Presidents and Presidents through those years. In short, from the rookie within the rookie organization, she quickly became the adult in the room.
AIA VT is a volunteer organization with a relentlessly changing leadership structure. She had the ability to keep the organization moving even though it was often like shepherding a constantly revolving herd of cats. This she did with good humor and a steady presence. She helped us not reinvent the wheel. Her even, and often unseen hand, husbanded the resources of our small chapter. I came to understand when Hanne responded to one of my ideas with, "Are you sure you want to do that?" instead of her usual, "What a fantastic idea!", I knew she was trying to save me - if not from disaster - but at least wasting everyone's time on a fruitless endeavor.
Her (not so) deep secret is she rooted and worked for everyone's success. She wanted us collectively, but more importantly, individually to achieve goals. She really knew that AIAVT was not an entity, but a collection of great people and she made it her job to help us as much as she could. And we miss her."
̶ Michael Hoffman, AIAVT
"Hanne was certainly one of the most cheerful, gracious, helpful and unselfish people I have known. Soon after I obtained my architect's certificate from the Vermont, I joined AIAVT. After going to a half-dozen meetings, held monthly back then, Hanne asked if I was interested in serving on the board. Hanne had no trouble talking me into that.I was a board member for about 10 years deciding not to be an officer, but to work on projects. I soon discovered Hanne was the foundation of the board. She attended every meeting and board meeting, arranged and catered them as well as organizing and maintaining the records for AIAVT. Hanne offered help at every opportunity. Whenever there were questions, she knew someone at national who was a great resource. She knew nearly every Vermont architect, their personalities and their history. She also knew who could be most helpful.AIA National - always ready for expensive new initiatives - decided to computerize the AIA membership and communications systems mandating all components use new AIA supplied computers and a national database system for records. We were more than a little concerned that Hanne, not having used a computer before would take the opportunity to retire.Not Hanne. She gamely dove into the courses, in Washington, DC, and eventually mastered the new system. Several of us would occasionally get a call for computer help. Hanne hated to impose. She was always extremely grateful and appreciative for even the slightest assistance."
̶ Steve Clark, AIAVT
“I fondly remember meeting Hanne at Grassroots and when she told me she had attended, I believe, every Grassroots from the onset, I suddenly felt the commitment and breadth of the AIA and was proud to be a teammate with such purposeful people. It made a huge impression on me and put wind in my sails to be a part of this profession. She will be missed but we still can still carry that energy she brought. Carrying it on…”
̶ Greg Spiess, (Barrington, RI)
“I am so sad to hear of Hanne's passing. She was a terrific person who always had a funny and interesting story to tell. She will be missed.”
̶ Jen Zolkos, Executive Director, AIARI
“Hanna took pity on me when I was just a pup at my first Grassroots, took me under her wing and I went with her, Michael and the rest of her Vermont contingent to dinner and to see the Capitol Steps show. Talk about being made to feel welcome! That was a big part of setting the tone for my ongoing involvement with AIA and I have always been grateful for it.”
̶ Greg Ames, AIARI
Williams’ family generously asked that gifts in her memory to be made to AIAVT’s Hanne N. Williams Scholar Recognition Fund. To date, approximately $4,000 has been received from AIA colleagues across the country and Williams’ family and friends. AIAVT is deeply grateful to the Williams family and to those who have contributed. Anyone presently interested in making a gift to the fund in Williams’ memory may send a check to AIAVT, 88 Blackbird Lane, Charlotte, VT 05445.
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If you wish to know more about Williams’ service to AIA, visit http://www.AIAVT.org/resources/newsarchive/710/#c1688
4/10 Sustainable Structures: Thermal Breaks, Materials & the General State of a Swiftly Moving Practice, Tuesday, April 10 2012, 6:00-8:00pm, National Life Insurance
4/11 Universal Design – Beyond Regulations, Wednesday, April 11, 2012
4/12 AIAVT Studio Social and CEU Presentation Thursday, April 12, 2012, 4:30-7 p.m., April 12, Maclay Architects, Waitsfield,
5/16 How to Become a LEED Professional and Maintain Your Credential, Wednesday May 16, 2012, 9:00 – 11:00 AM (2LUs)
5/24 AIAVT/NH Joint Meeting and Tour, Thursday, May 24, 2012, 3:30-7:45 p.m., May 24, Guided Tour of Bennington Campus Buildings and 3 CEU's
Williams Remembered at AIAVT Awards Night
Though she had been battling cancer for several months, Hanne Williams, AIAVT’s former executive director, had sent in her RSVP to the 2011 Annual Meeting and Design Awards. Though Williams had every intention (as always) to drink and be merry at the celebration, she was denied that intention when she succumbed to her disease in late November. But Williams was most certainly at the festivities that night—in spirit.
In remembering Williams as a dear friend and devoted supporter, AIAVT President Harry Hunt said, “In May 2010 we gathered at Mad River Glen to celebrate Hanne’s 40 years of dedicated service to AIAVT. Now, just 19 short months later, as we gather to celebrate our own successes, we find ourselves mourning the loss of a soul who was incredibly dear to us.”
Hunt went on to share memories of Williams provided by several AIAVT members. To read those memories, in addition to more comments forwarded to the AIAVT office visit:
VT/NH Meeting to be Held at Bennington College Campus
3 learning units offered
The 2012 VT/NH meeting—with special guest AIA Western Massachusetts—is at Bennington College on May 24, from 3:30-7:45 p.m. The College recently was cited as one of "10 college campuses with the best architecture" in Architectural Digest.
The meeting offers tours of several of the architecturally-notable structures that helped Bennington get on AD’s top-10 list, including the Center for the Advancement of Public Action (Tod Williams and Billie Tsien); the Visual and Performing Arts Center (Robertson Ward); the Crossett Library (Pietro Belluschi), and student housing by Kyu Sung Woo, and by Edward Larrabee Barnes. Attendees will also have the opportunity to pass by the relatively new Student Center by Taylor and Burns, which won an AIA/Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Award.
After the tours, participants will be treated to a talk by acclaimed landscape architect and college campus planner Doug Reed, a principal at Reed Hilderbrand LLC, Watertown, Mass. Reed’s firm has twice received ASLA’s highest award for design excellence—for the Children’s Therapeutic Garden, Wellesley, Mass. and the Leventritt Garden at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum. The firm also received an AIA/SCUP award for Bennington College’s Master Plan.
AIAVT member Donald Sherefkin, a professor of architecture at Bennington since 1996, will present a history of the College’s built environment through a series of photographic images. Sherefkin practices in New York as well as Vermont and has taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, where he also headed the University's in-house architecture office at Mies van der Rohe's historic campus.
The educational component of the event offers three learning units and is followed by a reception. All AIA members and their colleagues are urged to take the opportunity to network with other architects and building professionals in the awe-inspiring setting of the Bennington campus.
More emails will be sent out to members in the coming weeks.
Building for Social Responsibility (BSR) is a group of Vermont development professionals who are concerned with the impact of development on communities and environment. BSR believes in the construction of environmentally sound, healthy, durable green buildings to reduce the threats of global warming and resource depletion. BSR also works to advance environmentally sound technologies and practices. Contact, Hillary Hunter, hhunter@, bsr-vt.orgwww.bsr-vt.org
Historic Windsor, under the Preservation Education Institute (PEI), provides nationally recognized training in historic preservation building skills to Vermont and New Hampshire builders, architects, engineers, developers, and property owners on dozens of topics. Courses comprising its Certificate in Preservation Skills and Technology were awarded college transfer credit through the Vermont State College System in 2011. PEI is a registered provider of AIA learning units. Contact: Judy L. Hayward, histwininc@, valley.netwww.preservationworks.org
PC Construction Company is one of the nation’s largest employee-owned contractors. The company offers construction management, general contracting and design/build services to public and private customers. Contact: Mary Lintermann, PE, mlintermann@, pcconstruction.comwww.pcconstruction.com
Vermont Green Building Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing Vermont's participation in green building and to promoting the environmental, financial, community, and health benefits of green design, construction, and building operation practices. We are builders, designers, developers, policy makers, service providers, and other building industry professionals working together to improve building practices in Vermont. Contact: Hillary Hunter, vermontgbn@, gmail.comwww.vgbn.com
Vermont Natural Coatings PolyWhey®, located in Hardwick, Vermont meets high professional and environmental standards; the company displaces toxic components traditionally found in wood finish with recycled whey protein. Contact: Andrew B. Meyer, andrew@, vermontnaturalcoatings.comwww.vermontnaturalcoatings.com
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