William (Bill) Dikis, FAIA (BArch 1964 / MArch 1967 Architecture), has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the AIA Component Excellence Award, Category 3: Citizen Architect. The award recognizes members of the American Institute of Architects who have applied their skills, training, talents and experience to serve their communities and profession as advocacy leaders. There is only one recipient per year, and Dikis is the first Iowan to be honored.
After retiring in 2007 from RDG Planning & Design, Dikis founded Architectural Strategies, a company that focuses on concept design, programming, feasibility and master plans, and expert witness assistance. He has served as president and secretary of AIA Iowa, editor of Iowa Architect magazine, and president of the Iowa Architectural Examining Board. He also has chaired a number of Des Moines city government groups, including the Strategic Planning Commission, Urban Renewal Board, Architectural Advisory Committee, Mayor's Landscape Taskforce, City of Des Moines Vision Plan Design Advisory Team and the Vision 2005 Citizens' Committee for the Des Moines Public Schools.
AIA Iowa established a scholarship that recognizes Iowa State University architecture students who exemplify Dikis' spirit of professional service to the public, ISU Department of Architecture or the profession.