JAMES Binkley obituary (1942 – 2021) – Washington, DC

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BINKLEY JAMES LEE BINKLEY “Jim” James Lee Binkley “Jim” passed away peacefully at his home in Reston, Va. On November 27, 2021 after a long illness. A member of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), Jim has served nationally for more than three decades as a passionate, forward-thinking and effective champion of sustainable design and design excellence. During his long career in the federal government, he led three agencies in refining sustainability and building design standards that have made the government a leader in progressive green design. His influence extended far beyond the federal government to the culture, policies, processes and technical programs of state and local governments and the construction industry as a whole. Jim has held senior positions in the Federal General Services Administration and the US Department of Energy. As a Senior Architect for the US Postal Service, Jim has helped lead the design of 29,000 buildings, improving customer satisfaction, efficiency and sustainability. Jim received the prestigious AIA Thomas Jefferson Award in 2011 in recognition of the excellence of his architectural accomplishments during his career as a public sector architect who has managed and produced quality design within his agencies. Prior to his employment with the federal government, while working for gold medal winner Pietro Belluschi in Boston, Jim became a registered architect. For 32 years Jim was an award-winning Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Catholic University of America (CUA), where he created the School of Architecture and Planning’s first sustainable design courses and taught at least 4,000 graduate students the details of this, using public architecture as examples. At the end of 2020, the James Binkley Prize was established by the AUC School of Architecture and Planning to honor him. The award will be presented annually to the winners of the AUC Integrated Jury Building Design Studio projects. Jim was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on March 12, 1942. He was proud to have been an Eagle Scout and to have received the God and Country Award and the Explorer Silver Award. After graduating with a BA in English from Davidson College in 1964, Jim enrolled at North Carolina State University where he received degrees in Philosophy with Distinction and Architecture, as well as a Commission of the US military as a second lieutenant. Jim served in the military in a combat unit as a captain, US Army Corps of Engineers, Korea from 1969 to 1971, and was a recipient of the Army Commendation Medal. Jim is survived by his wife of 26 years, Frances Knox Bastress and his loving children and stepchildren: John Binkley and his wife Jen, Kevin Binkley and his wife Amy, Jessica Binkley and his partner Jack Brown, Jennifer Bastress and Matthew Bastress . He is also survived by his grandchildren Luke and Levi Binkley and his step-grandchildren Andrew, Cassie and Tabitha Bastress. Jim was proud to describe himself as a soldier poet. He advocated that, as far as possible, in times of war and peace, do no harm. In keeping with this, he often said, “May all sentient beings be well, be happy and be at peace. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Jim has requested that all contributions in his memory be made to the Washington Architectural Foundation-sponsored Fellowship Endowment available at www.aiadc.com/donate”>www.aiadc.com/donate. (After selecting an amount, click the drop-down menu (After selecting an amount, click the drop-down menu to find the scholarship awardees endowment. You may note Jim’s name as what inspired your giveaway .)

Posted by The Washington Post on Dec 3, 2021.


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