At an Investiture ceremony during The American Institute of Architects National Convention and Design Expo, 76 Architects were elevated to the AIA’s prestigious College of Fellows, one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon its members.
AIA Eastern Oklahoma, a local chapter of The American Institute of Architects, is pleased to announce that Joseph R. Coleman, FAIA was elected to Fellowship for his contributions to society through significant public service.
Throughout his career, Joseph R. Coleman of Coleman-Johnston-Clyma, Inc. has used his skills as an architect in service to the profession and society. In 1970, he became the first architect in Oklahoma to be elected to city government as Tulsa’s Commissioner of Streets and Public Properties. Mr. Coleman’s passion for the built environment resulted in the preservation of three of the city’s most notable historic resources; the Creek Council Tree, Central High School, and the Municipal Building (Old City Hall.) He holds the distinction of serving over 20 years as a member of the state’s architectural licensing board. Mr. Coleman’s devotion to his faith and his fellow man are exemplified in his current activities as an advisor to the HOW Foundation that he helped establish over 25 years ago and by his annual mission trips as a consultant to the Hawaii Baptist Academy. Most recently, he has been instrumental in the development of the Millennium Center Home at the Tulsa Zoo, an innovative exhibit site designed to promote green and safe building technologies.