This award was established in memory of James D. Pfluger, FAIA, whose community service extended over a lifetime of commitment, resulting in significant community enhancements. Pfluger’s contributions to Austin and the state of Texas through volunteer and professional efforts were broad and included leadership roles in the development of Town Lake in Austin, regional planning for a national church body, education of non-architects, and public relations as editor of Texas Architect.
Founding principal of Studio8, Milton E. Hime, AIA, has assisted more than 25 nonprofits in 25 years. His early community work was volunteer-oriented — Housing Resources Association, Hands on Housing, Habitat for Humanity — but for almost three decades now, he has demonstrated a more rigorous commitment through mostly pro-bono design and placemaking work for basic needs, child development, faith, and public organizations. He’s worked on projects for nonprofits like Caritas of Austin, the Central Texas Food Bank, and People’s Community Clinic (PCC), often serving on their governance boards and capital campaign committees. Hime worked with PCC for 18 years, helping them select a new site, design their facility, develop the budget, generate fundraising, and finally as a board member.