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March 28, 2005 - D.A. Bertram Elected to American Institute of Architects College of Fellows

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March 28, 2005

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D.A. Bertram Elected to American Institute of Architects College of Fellows

Attorney and architect Donald A. “D.A.” Bertram has been elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. He is the only Colorado attorney ever to be awarded this honor. Bertram will be invested on May 20 during the AIA 2005 National Convention and Design Exposition in Las Vegas. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Architecture and Planning and received his J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law.

Bertram is being honored as a result of his commitment to the profession of architecture, as he has united architecture with law and political insight. He has helped lead the profession in establishing and refining laws and contracts both locally and nationally. In Colorado, Bertram has successfully defended the State’s Sunset review of the Architectural Licensing Law three times, and also helped found the AIA Colorado’s Government Affairs Committee. In 1989, he began AIA Colorado’s first “Legislative Day at the Hill,” providing education and networking for AIA members and legislators. Bertram’s other legislative accomplishments include drafting or leadership in passage of Colorado’s Tort Reform act of 1986, the state’s Statute of Repose and Statute of Limitation, Colorado’s Certificate of Merit statute revisions (1987–1999), and the 1990 campaign in support of Architectural Works Copyright Act. In 1988 he was nationally recognized for defeating Colorado’s legislative attempt to tax professional services; and in 1997 he was an integral part of the passage of the Good Samaritan Act.

The Fellowship program was developed to elevate architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society, achieving a standard of excellence in the profession. This award recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals and also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.