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Tony Costello Named Director of Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives

The Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives (CIAA) has hired Tony Costello as its Director. Tony is an architect and the Irving Distinguished Professor of Architecture Emeritus at Ball State University. He has been a longtime champion of the modern architecture of Columbus, being a tour guide trainer for the Columbus Area Visitors Center for over 15 years, assisting with the organization of a regional symposium and conference by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the CIAA in 2007, and the co-chair of the national AIA Committee on Design conference in Columbus last year. Mr. Costello is a fellow of the AIA and was a representative on its national board of directors. He was the nominator of the CIAA for the Walter Blackburn Award from the AIA Indiana received in 2010 for its contribution to the architectural profession in Indiana.

“Tony brings to the Columbus Architectural Archives a wealth of national connections and a familiarity with Columbus, that will assist us with our expansion of the collection and its national reputation. We are fortunate to have an architect of Tony’s credentials to lead the CIAA”, according to Randy Royer, President of the CIAA.

“Tony is familiar with the CIAA from previously assisting us with fundraising when Lynn Bigley was President, and will be able to assist us with additional fund raising to insure the perpetuity of the Archives”, noted Rhonda Bolner, past President and current Treasurer of the CIAA.

Lynn Lucas, Executive Director of the Columbus Area Visitors Center added, “Tony Costello has been an effective advocate for the architecture of Columbus/Bartholomew County for twenty years. He has been instrumental in bringing significant national conferences to Columbus, and he assisted with initial fundraising efforts for the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives. As a strong supporter of our architecture heritage, Tony continues to be an active partner with our community. Tony recently helped the Library host a visit by key architects from the I M Pei firm as they reviewed plans for the plaza. The American Institute of Conservation invited Tony to accompany their group when they visited Columbus this week. The Columbus Area Visitors Center looks forward to strengthening our relationship with the CIAA.”

As the Director, which is a part-time contract position, Tony will be reaching out to the local building owners and national architects who have contributed to the world recognized modern architecture of Columbus, searching for additional design and construction documents that make up the CIAA collection. He will also direct the activities of volunteers and develop exhibitions to tell the story of the value of the modern architecture to making the “best community of its size”.

The Architectural Archives was established in 1969 and reorganized as the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives, a 503(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2004. It has been closely associated with the Bartholomew County Public Library, the Visitors Center, IUPUC and the Bartholomew County Historical Society over the years, occasionally hiring a part-time archivist. It has been primarily run the last couple of years by its volunteer Board of Directors and dedicated volunteers. Its prized possessions include original architect’s drawings and architectural models. Several of the models are currently on display on the second floor of The Commons. The CIAA is housed in the lower level of the Bartholomew County Public Library, typically open to the public on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, and by appointment.

The Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives collects, preserves and promotes the design and construction process of architecture, landscape architecture, planning and the various arts associated with the architectural context of Columbus and Bartholomew County, Indiana.