The Birmingham Section started 2015 with a political reception at the Murray Building Co. jobsite at the old Merita Bread Bakery. More than 150 members were in attendance with city and state officials. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the site as well as barbecue from Joe McNabb and Hendrix Chevrolet.

2016 Hall of Fame Inductee: G. Gray Plosser Jr.

G. Gray Plosser Jr. is the President of KPS Group in Birmingham.

He has been a leader in the practice of architecture in the Southeast for more than 30 years, going back to Tulane University where he earned his Master of Architecture in 1968.

Afterward he served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Europe and Vietnam. He retired from the military with the rank of Captain and poured himself into the field of architecture.

Mr. Plosser joined KPS in 1972. He led the design firm to more than 70 local, regional, and national awards for design excellence. The firm’s professional staff have all earned LEED Accreditation. The firm also became a member of the Global Design Alliance.

Mr. Plosser practices architecture but also gives back to his profession. For the American Institute of Architects he served on the Regional Committee, the Urban Design and Disaster Assistance Committee, the National Board of Directors, and its Long-Range Planning Task Force.

He served as president of the Birmingham Chapter AIA, chairman of the Alabama Historical Commission, founder of the Alabama Community Design Program, and director of the National Architectural Accreditation Board.

Mr. Plosser was elected a Fellow in The American Institute of Architects in 1990. The Alabama Architectural Foundation recognized Mr. Plosser with its 2011 Distinguished Architect award for a lifetime of achievement and professional excellence. He received the President’s Award from the American Institute of Architects and the Thomas Jefferson Award from the Alabama Historical Commission.