The Facade Tectonics Institute Inducts David Niemoeller and John Robert Walker, III into College of Fellows

Friday, October 14, 2022

The Facade Tectonics Institute (FTI) concluded its 2022 World Congress with a ceremony to induct twenty-four individuals into its College of Fellows, including facade designer David Niemoeller and former inventor and facade designer John Robert Walker, III of Enclos. The College of Fellows seeks to stimulate a sharing of interests among Fellows, promote the purposes of the Institute, advance the profession of facade design, mentor young facade creators, and be of ever-increasing service to Institute. The College of Fellows is composed of members of the Institute who are elected to Fellowship by a jury of their peers. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the FTI can bestow upon a member. Elevation to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements in facade design as an individual but also elevates before the public and the profession those facade creators who have made significant contributions to architecture and to the Institute.

David Niemoeller accepting his nomination to the FTI College of Fellows.

David Niemoeller has been with Enclos for 38 years providing his design and technical expertise of engineering, fabricating, and installing custom curtainwall systems. Some of his most notable recent projects include the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, the Moscone Center Expansion in San Francisco, and the Jacobs Medical Center at the University of California San Diego, and the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York City.

John Robert Walker III (right) accepting his nomination from the Facade Tectonics Institute’s Ambassador of Innovation & Collaboration, Mic Patterson (left).

Prior to retiring in 2007, John Robert Walker, III spent 25 with Enclos where he was responsible for leading Design & Engineering. Some of his most notable projects included the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The other 2022 inductees included Ajla Aksamija (School of Architecture at the University of Utah), Israel Berger (Israel Berger & Associates), Charles Blomberg (Rafael Viñoly Architects), Graham Dodd (Arup), Tim Eliassen and Michael Mulhern (TriPyramid Structures), Michael D. Flynn (Pei Cobb Freed), Dr. Fritz Gartner (Josef Gartner GmbH), Kevin Hydes (Integral Group), Karen Kensek and Doug Noble (University of Southern California School of Architecture), Ted Kesik (John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecure, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto), Joe Khoury (ALT Group), Vivian Loftness (School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University), Tim Macfarlane (Glass Light & Special Structure Limited), James O’Callaghan (Eckersley O’Callaghan), Uta Pottgiesser (TU Delft Department of Architectural Engineering + Technology, Docomomo, European Facade Network), and Werner Sobek (Werner Sobek Engineering).

Additionally, three posthumous awards awarded to the families of structural engineers Peter Rice (RFR Engineers) and Jörg Schlaich (Schlaich Bergermann Partners), and facade designer Philip G. Bonzon (Cupples International).

The College of Fellows Induction Ceremony at the Facade Tectonics 2022 World Congress