From AIArchitect (January 2003 - Honors and Awards):
Young Architects Demonstrate Exceptional Leadership
The AIA has chosen five outstanding young architects, defined as professionals who have been practicing 10 years or fewer, regardless of their age, to receive its 2003 Young Architects Award. The award honors individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers.
Lisa M. Chronister, AIA, is passionate about increasing public awareness of the value of architecture. Most recently, she devoted her time and talents to ensuring that one of Oklahomaâ€™s most precious historic resources, the Gold Dome Bank near downtown Oklahoma City, was saved from demolition. She helped lead a coalition of advocates supporting preservation of the futuristic 1958 building and its distinctive gold geodesic dome roof. Chronister worked on all aspects of the campaign, particularly the public-relations piece of the protest, disseminating information to local and national press. As spokesperson for the group, she generated local press coverage and national attention by making television and radio appearances. The demolition permit was eventually denied, and the decision was upheld through the appeals process in July 2002, when a preservation-minded buyer rescued the property. The National Trust for Historic Preservation validated the groupâ€™s efforts by naming the bank one of its 2002 Eleven Most Endangered buildings in the U.S.
Chronister, a project manager/architect at LWPB Architects, Oklahoma City, has served on the AIA Oklahoma Board of Directors in virtually every leadership position during the last five years, culminating in her election to the presidency this year. She engages in many other chapter activities, such as the Disaster Assistance Team, the Food Bank Harvest Food Drive, and the 2001 Central States Regional Conference. Chronister shows equal dedication to her design career: Since her 1994 graduation from the University of Oklahoma, she has worked full-time as an intern, project architect, and project manager for several Oklahoma City firms. She was largely responsible for the design of projects that include the Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery renovation, Federal Corporation Showroom Remodel, and For Heavenâ€™s Sake Child Development Center. She also served as project architect for the downtown YMCA Child Development Center, Department of Environmental Quality Office Renovation, and the Center for Design Arts.