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VAN B. BRUNER

The Bruner Firm
African American AIA Fellow

SAY IT LOUD - Washington DC  Exhibitor
New Jersey Based Designer 

Bio: 

Bruner created a scholarship for minority architects and a number of community design centers throughout the United States in order to bring free or affordable design services to underserved neighborhoods. In 2011, he received AIA West Jersey's Louis Goettelmann Award in recognition of his "his leadership and commitment to the profession and his unselfish want to better the built environment," according to an announcement from AIA West Jersey.

VAN B. BRUNER

Bio:

Born in 1931, Bruner grew up in Washington, D.C., before moving to New Jersey in 1945. He earned a track scholarship to the University of Michigan where he studied commercial art before graduating and joining the United States Air Force. Bruner remained with the Air Force until 1957, when he began studying architecture at Drexel University in Philadelphia. After graduating and working with local architects Vincent Kling and Louis Goettelmann II, Bruner opened his own practice, focused on civic design, in 1968, and completed projects such as the Gloucester County Superintendent Office Building in West Deptford, N.J., Third World Culture Center in Princeton, N.J., and the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Burlington, N.J.. Bruner served as AIA vice president from 1973 to 1975, a time during which he was a member of AIA's Task Force on National Growth Policy and the chair of AIA's Community Services Commission. In these roles, Bruner created a scholarship for minority architects and a number of community design centers throughout the United States in order to bring free or affordable design services to underserved neighborhoods. In 2011, he received AIA West Jersey's Louis Goettelmann Award in recognition of his "his leadership and commitment to the profession and his unselfish want to better the built environment," according to an announcement from AIA West Jersey.

Year of Elevation: 

1979

Featured Project Name: 

Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA)

Featured Project Location: 

Camden, NJ

Featured Project Completion Date: 

Unsure

Role in Featured Project: 

Principal

Featured Project Description:

The Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA) operates the regional wastewater treatment system for Camden County, New Jersey. Serving a population of 510,000, approximately 77,000 of whom live in the City of Camden, CCMUA treats 80 million gallons of sewage discharged per day, flowing through 135 miles of pipes and 27 pump stations to the utility’s Water Pollution Control Facility.

Photography Credit:

Matt Skoufalos