KPB Architects, Anchorage, AK
Tamás Deák's exemplary project work for over a quarter century, as well as his advocacy and leadership, has raised the awareness of the profession and sustainable practices in Alaska and increased its respect from allied professionals and the general public. His impact in the state has been undeniable-from integrating green infrastructure principles into the redevelopment of Alaska's largest airport, to orchestrating Alaska's first private stream restoration on previously deteriorated land, and leading the urban design team efforts associated with major capital investments in downtown Anchorage. Tamás led a small but group of voices to achieve licensure for landscape architects and, after an 18-year effort, to have a permanent seat among sister professions on the State of Alaska licensing board. He was the first licensed landscape architect to lead the Municipal Platting Board, and to lead advisory commissions for the Watershed and Natural Resources Commission and the Housing and Neighborhood Development Commission. He has served nationally as a trustee for ASLA and has received recognition from the University of Alaska for his commitment to education and serving as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer in various departments.