For his dedication to the preservation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings through such design projects as Wilrik Hotel in
Sanford, the Ahoskie High School Apartments, and the Mount Olive School
About the Award
The Robert E. Stipe Professional Award is North Carolina’s highest award
presented to working professionals who demonstrate an outstanding
commitment to historic preservation as part of their job
Since 1983, the award has been given in honor of
Robert E. Stipe of Chapel Hill. Bob Stipe, who died in 2007, was a much
lauded educator in the field of historic preservation and mentor to a
generation of preservation professionals.
a principal of Tise-Kiester Architects since 1996, Don has worked on
numerous historic preservation projects in the last fifteen years. His
body of work spans a variety of historic building types, but he is
perhaps best known for his expertise in dealing with the adaptive reuse
of historic schools and industrial buildings.
ability to maintain the historic architecture and incorporate it to
serve the needs of modern occupants has earned him numerous awards.
His projects include a number of historic buildings that have been
adaptively reused for affordable housing, including the Wilrik Hotel in
Sanford, the Ahoskie High School Apartments, the Mount Olive School
Apartments, the Rhode Island Mill and the Baker Sanitarium. He was also
the lead architect for the renovation of the NC Democratic Party
Headquarters in the Andrew Goodwin House in Raleigh.
qualifications for the Stipe Award extend beyond his professional
duties as an architect. He has served numerous preservation
organizations as a board member, advisor or volunteer. For several
years he has served as chairman of AIA NC's Historic Resources
currently serves on the board of the Marion S. Covington Foundation
which has dedicated its grant funding to historic preservation efforts
in North Carolina.
In addition, his firm has been extraordinarily generous to Preservation NC financially and with advice and guidance of properties.
In short, Don Tise is always ready to help save a building.
2010 Preservation Awards