Recognized for Significant Influence Within Native American Gaming, Entertainment Industry
The 2019 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently elevated Tom Hoskens, Vice President and Founding Principal of Cuningham Group Architecture to Fellowship (signified by the letters FAIA). Hoskens was elevated to Fellowship because of his expertise and influence within the Native American Gaming and Entertainment industry.
Since 1991, Hoskens has led more than 100 entertainment architecture projects for 36 tribes in 18 states, and their economic and social benefits have touched hundreds of thousands of people. Throughout his career, he has proved that gaming success can lead to opportunities to shape schools, community centers, health services and more.
Hoskens is known for his philosophy that “Every Building Tells a Story.” His design leadership has moved the design of casinos beyond “theming” to the creation of true works of architecture that express tribal culture.
In his nomination of Hoskens, Craig Rafferty, FAIA, wrote: “The opportunity for an architect’s professional career to affect cultural generations is rare. Tom Hoskens’ architectural career is a stunning example of such service for Native Americans throughout the country. His work within the Native American Gaming and Entertainment Industry has evolved since the industry birth of their gaming rights in 1991…Tom’s career is filled with examples of impacts offering important insight into his accomplishments for generations of a culture, his practice, and the profession: billions of employment dollars for the communities he has served; professional growth of his company from 17 to over 300 architects, planners, and support staff; and more than 36 communities served with over 100 gaming facilities.”
The opportunity for an architect’s professional career to affect cultural generations is rare. Tom Hoskens’ architectural career is a stunning example of such service for Native Americans throughout the country.
Hoskens was one of 115 members and nine international architects to join AIA’s College of Fellows this year. They will receive their Fellowship medals on June 7 during an Investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2019 in Las Vegas.