Kea Medal Nomination Form

The AIA Potomac Valley Chapter recognizes professionals, volunteers, government leaders and others whose efforts have increased the public's awareness of the role of architecture in our lives, through our service awards program, "The Paul H. Kea Medal."


Kea (1886-1968) began practicing architecture in 1912, moved to Hyattsville, Maryland, and founded the firm Kea, Shaw, Grimm & Crichton, a precursor to today’s Grimm + Parker Architects. His firm built numerous banks, churches, schools and commercial buildings.

A founding member of AIA Potomac Valley, Kea served as President of the Maryland Society of Architects and became a Fellow of the AIA in 1960. He served as President of the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce and served on numerous church committees and community boards. He took a strong interest in architectural education and funded a Distinguished Professorship at the University of Maryland.

The Kea Medal is named in his honor, to recognize architects or non-architects in related fields who have made a significant and exemplary contribution to the profession, either through a body of work or a single contribution of great scope.

  Service to the Profession
  Architectural Advocacy that has furthered the public’s awareness or appreciation of design excellence