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Source: Sarah Masalskis,
News release prepared by: Diane Potts, 785-532-1090,

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010


MANHATTAN -- The Kansas State University chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students has named Manhattan architect Bruce McMillan the recipient of its 2010 Community Service Award.

Sarah Masalskis, president of the organization and a fourth-year interior architecture and product design student, announced the award.

McMillan is a practicing architect and principal of Bruce McMillan AIA Architects. He also is an adjunct associate professor in K-State's College of Architecture, Planning and Design. He received a bachelor of architecture in 1973 and a master of architecture in 1981 from K-State.

McMillan was instrumental in establishing the Flint Hills Regional Council, a new multicounty organization that works to ensure that all communities in the area work together as they face the growth brought about by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission and the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.

"Bruce McMillan's longstanding commitment to historic preservation in small Kansas communities and service on related boards is also noteworthy," said Stephanie Rolley, head of K-State department of landscape architecture and regional and community planning, in nominating McMillan for the award. "His work goes beyond small improvements and encompasses all aspects of community growth."

The K-State chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students' Community Service Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated dedication to the community. Nominations are solicited from students and faculty of the College of Architecture, Planning and Design. The nominations are researched and discussed by officers of K-State's chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students.

"Bruce McMillan is a deserving recipient of this award," Masalskis said. "He has made a significant and positive difference in the quality of the built environment, as well as in historic preservation efforts in Manhattan and throughout the region."