AIA California Council Announces John E. MacAllister, FAIA, as the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

SACRAMENTO, CA (August 9, 2012)  The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) announces John E. “Jack” MacAllister, FAIA, as the 2013 AIACC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. This award is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding contributions to the improvement of the built environment and the architectural profession, as well as for contributions to the lives of the clients and citizens served by the profession of architecture.

MacAllister’s 57-year career in architecture is distinguished by a rare comprehensiveness, exemplifying consistent excellence across the many facets of the discipline. A rigorous and accomplished designer, he led the design and construction of the Salk Institute in La Jolla at the age of 25, creating in the Institute a timeless and exquisitely detailed work. In the years since, MacAllister has been responsible for dozens of distinguished, award-winning buildings throughout the world, with a particular emphasis on innovation in medical and academic laboratories.

MacAllister has been a pioneer in the application of digital technology, working with leading-edge architectural CAD systems since 1971. In each of the firms he led—MacAllister, Rinehart & Ring (1968-1976), Bobrow-Thomas Associates (1980-1986), Anshen+Allen, Los Angeles (1986-1991), Anshen+Allen, San Francisco (1991-1995), and NBBJ California (1995-2003), he took a forward-thinking approach with his integration of digital technology in design, construction documentation, and practice management. An incomparable practice manager, he has been responsible for reinvigorating and expanding several of these firms, as well as sharing his expertise as an advisor to many other major practices.

A valued mentor to generations of younger architects, MacAllister has taught at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. He co-authored USC’s five-year Bachelor of Architecture program and has served as a visiting critic and lecturer at over a dozen other professional architecture schools.

“The breadth of Jack MacAllister’s accomplishments is amazing,” stated the Awards jury. “His contribution to the Salk Institute was just one of many seminal design projects that shaped the practice of architecture. He is incredibly gifted in foresight, artistry, commercial sensibility, and so many other aspects of the architectural profession.”

The AIACC congratulates Jack MacAllister on his impressive accomplishment.

The AIACC represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California.  Founded in 1944, the AIACC’s mission supports architects in their endeavors to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more livable communities, sustainable designs and quality work environments. Today, the AIACC is the largest component of the national AIA organization. For more information, visit

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