Toledo, Ohio -  RCM Architects, Inc. is proud to announce that our own Dan Clinger has been awarded the AIA Toledo "Architect of the Year for 2016." Below is the press release from AIA Toledo:

"The Toledo Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is pleased to announce that Daniel W. Clinger, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP has been named the 2016 Toledo Architect of the Year in recognition of his commitment to the profession.

Dan grew up in rural northwest Ohio, graduating from Mohawk High School in Sycamore, Ohio. After receiving a degree in Architectural Drafting from Stautzenberger College (Toledo) in 1966, he decided to continue his education in architecture at The Ohio State University.

Dan began his career at a small two person firm in Marion, Ohio in 1966. Two years later he had the opportunity to join Rooney and Musser Architects in Findlay, Ohio as a draftsman. He received his license to practice architecture in 1982, along with his NCARB accreditation, and was licensed to practice in five states including Ohio. The original firm of Rooney and Musser, Architects experienced several name changes over the course of its history including Rooney & Clinger Architects when Dan partnered with Jim Rooney (1985); Rooney Clinger Murray Architects while Dan served as President (1996-2007); and finally, after 50 years of service in the Findlay and Northwest Ohio,they are known as RCM Architects.

Under the guided mentorship of Jim Rooney and Everett Musser (both active members in the American Institute of Architects and AIA Toledo and serving as Chapter Presidents) Dan followed suit and joined AIA. During his 40 plus year membership, he has served on the AIA Toledo Board (1991-President) and served as AIA Ohio Director from 2005-2008. He is now an Emeritus member of AIA.

Dan was also a member of the Construction Specification Institute and the International Code Council and received his LEED AP Credentials and the Construction Document Technologist Certification. With his outstanding knowledge of building technologies and the construction industry, he has used his talents to manage projects and insure the constructability of the client's needs.

Throughout his career, Dan was in charge of, or participated in, the design and construction of over 3000 projects which included corporate office, higher and primary education, healthcare, churches, residential, industrial and financial institutions. A few of the more notable projects were the new technology building for Bowling Green State University; new facilities, corporate offices and technology centers for Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and Cooper Standard Products; 4 new elementary school buildings for the Findlay City School System; Owens Community College, Findlay Campus; Hancock County Courthouse renovation, Mohawk Community Library and Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. Dan retired from practice in November 2013 after 47 successful years but still serves as a consultant to RCM Architects.

RCM Architects (and it's namesakes) have won several design and professional awards throughout Dan's career including, the Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award 2003; AIA Toledo Design Award for Factory Direct International 2005; AIA Toledo Masonry Design Award for Findlay Machine and Tool 1991; Outstanding Building Award Downtown Findlay 1989-1993 and the Chamber Small Business Hall of Fame 1995. Dan has personally received the Chamber's Champion of the Year Award in 2014.

Dan is committed to the growth and vitality of the Findlay downtown and has been able to demonstrate that by maintaining RCM Architect's offices in the downtown area through several expansions and moves. He has been an investor in downtown redevelopment and support groups and continues his support through participation on the Economic Development Committee, the Hancock Regional Planning Commission and currently serving on the Findlay City Planning Commission.

Dan's philosophy is to give back to the community and believes that has fostered his business growth. He is an active member of his church, has held several community leadership positions including Findlay Jaycee President where he initiated and organized several new community benefit projects and Past President of Friends of the Old Millstream Beautification. Other community involvement includes Findlay Kiwanis Club (28 years); Past Commander and current Treasurer of the Findlay Sail & Power Squadron (25 years); United Way of Hancock County, Findlay-Hancock County Heritage Commission, YMCA Building & Grounds Committee and the Findlay Kiwanis Scholarship Foundation Board. One of Dan's most memorable events in his service to community is as the Founder and Architect of the Flag City Hot Air Balloon Festival held in Findlay in August and now in its 17th year of continuous operation.

Flag City Balloonfest - Nightly Balloon Glow

Flag City Balloonfest - Nightly Balloon Glow

Dan and his very supportive wife and best friend Ann, reside in Findlay. Balancing a professional career and family can be challenging at times, but they have worked well together raising 6 children. The couple have 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Dan has many hobbies and interests outside the work and service environment. He appreciates time with family, boating, motorcycling, golfing, hot air ballooning, swimming and a good glass of wine with friends.

Mr. Clinger will be presented the 2016 AIA Toledo Architect of the Year Award during our May Chapter meeting at Owens-Corning."

Congratulations, Dan!  This is well deserved!

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