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Qualifications, Achievements and Awards
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Education
  • Fife High School
  • University of Washington, Bachelor of Architecture, College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Educational Honors
  • School Medal (First in Class) Magna Cum Laude
  • Tau Sigma Delta
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Charles Winthrop Lea III Scholarship
  • National Endowment of Arts Study Scholarship
Awards and Recognition
  • New Tacoma Award; Special recognition for adding significantly to the economic and civil well being of Tacoma – Pierce County, 2004
  • Honored by the City of Tacoma, on behalf of the City Council, Mayor Bill Baarsma on June 3rd 2003 names Mr. Merritt as a Tacoma Hometown Hero for long-term dedication to making Tacoma an excellent place to live
  • Tacoma Historical Society Alan C Liddle Award for significant achievement in historic preservation, 2016
  • City Center Council, T/PC Chamber of Commerce, Union Station Award. Recognizing leadership in Building or Sustaining Revitalization in Tacoma, 2007
  • AIA Southwest Chapter Commendation for Outstanding Leadership and undaunted dedication as co-chair of the 2002 Northwest & Pacific Regional Conference: A02 Urban Adventure, Remaking a City
  • AIA Southwest Washington Chapter Commendation for Outstanding Service as President, 2002
  • AIA Southwest Washington Chapter Commendation for outstanding service as Vice President, 2000
  • AIA Washington Commendation for Contribution of Time, Talent, and Energy while on the Board of Directors AIA Washington, 2003
  • AIA, Elevation to FAIA (Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects), 2002 “With passion and vision, he has fostered collaboration among his colleagues and neighbors to help bring back to life the central business district of Tacoma, WA.”
  • Charles Pearson FAIA Community Service Award, 1998 “Presented to an individual who has shown dedication to building community through service to the community, utilizing the skills and qualities of an architect....”
  • AIA Commendations, Southwest Washington Chapter, Board of Directors 1998-2003
  • New Tacoma Awards Special Recognition for exemplary service and dedication, 2004
  • Appreciation for Commitment of professional service for the redevelopment of downtown Tacoma, Downtown Tacoma Association, 1990
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary #8 “Furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations between people of the world.”
  • Certification of Appreciation, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Director, 1994
  • American Leadership Forum; Executive Ventures Group, 1989; Senior Fellow, 1989 to present
  • AIA Scholastic Award, 1969
  • AIA School Medal and Certificate of Merit, 1970
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Optimist Club of West Tacoma
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Kiwanis Club of Tacoma, 2000 & 2004
  • Certificate of Appreciation, National Recreation and Park Association, 1997; For contributing to the success of the 1997 NRPA Annual Congress
Design Awards
  • Tacoma Country & Golf Club Swimming Pool Complex
    • Construction Excellence: New Building under $5 Million, Associated General Contractors of WA, 2006
  • Kelso Multi-Modal Transportation Center
    • Award of Merit for the Kelso Station Restoration, 1998. From: Washington Trust of Historic Preservation
    • AIA Southwest Washington Special Citation in the Design of the Kelso Depot
    • Project of Historical Significance, American Public Works Association, Washington State Chapter, 1996
  • Fairhaven Station, Bellingham
    • 1996 Project of the Year: Fairhaven Station Port of Bellingham
    • Merit Award 1996: Fairhaven Station
    • Letter of Commendation for the historic design of Fairhaven Station, 1996
  • Oak Harbor Transit
    • AIA Southwest Washington Honor Award for Design, Oak Harbor
  • Lakewood Fire Station
    • AIA Southwest Washington Honor Award for Design, Lakewood Fire Station
  • Metropolitan Park District Headquarters
    • AIA Honor Award, Southwest Washington Chapter, 1993
    • Honor Award, Masonry Institute of Washington, 1995
  • Tacoma Union Station Restoration
    • Honor Award, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1994
    • AIA Commendation, Northwest & Pacific Region, 1994
    • AIA Special Citation, Southwest Washington Chapter, 1993
    • Project of the Year, NW Wall & Ceiling Bureau, 1993
    • Award of Merit, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, 1992
    • Award of Merit, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, 1988
  • Rialto Theatre
    • Award of Merit, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, 1992
    • AIA Special Citation, Southwest Washington Chapter, 1991
    • Project of the Year “Renovation/Restoration,” Associated Builders & Contractors, 1991
    • National Award of Merit, Historic Preservation Category, Associated Builders & Contractors, 1991
  • McDonald-Smith Artisan Housing
    • Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Award of Merit for the McDonald-Smith Artists Loft Housing Project, 1991
  • North Beach Junior/Senior High School, Ocean Shores
    • Excellence in Construction Award, Associated General Contractors, 1990
  • Tacoma Telco Credit Union
    • AIA Special Citation, Southwest Washington Chapter, 1990
    • Excellence in Construction Award, Associated General Contractors, 1990
  • Carlton Center
    • Award of Merit, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, 1988
  • S.C.O.R.E. Sports Clinic for Orthopedic Rehabilitation
    • AIA special Citation, Southwest Washington Chapter, 1987
  • Intercity Transit Headquarters, Olympia
    • AIA Honor Award, Southwest Washington Chapter, 1985
  • Fife Community Pool
    • AIA Special Citation, Southwest Washington Chapter, 1985
  • 1701 Commerce Building
    • AIA Special Citation, Southwest Washington Chapter, 1984
  • Bonney Lake Library
    • AIA Honor Award, Southwest Washington Chapter, 1983
  • Capital Campus Information Center
    • AIA Honor Award, Southwest Washington Chapter, 1979
  • ASARCO Tacoma Smelter Property Master Plan
    • Honor Award, American Planning Association, 1998
    • Certificate of Appreciation, ASARCO, 1996