About Us

About Us

AWI's Vision
To be the global leader in architectural woodwork standards, related interior finishes, industry-specific education and networking opportunities.

Mission
We fulfill our Vision by:
1. Creating, publishing and continually improving Standards for architectural woodwork and related interior finishes.
2. Providing education and opportunities for industry stakeholders to participate, collaborate, share resources and engage through AWI;
3. Developing, delivering and continually improving AWI’s member benefits;
4. Cultivating and strengthening relationships that promote the architectural woodwork and related interior finishes industry.

History of AWI
The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) was incorporated in Chicago, Illinois on December 17, 1954. The President was Charles A. Rinehimer and the Board of Directors consisted of 18 members including Mr. Rinehimer.

The AWI was formed by a group of individuals who were members of the Millwork Cost Bureau, a trade association of custom millwork operators founded in 1914.

The Millwork Cost Bureau's stated purpose was to establish a cost accounting procedure for custom millwork operations and provide estimating training systems for members. Among those individuals who met to plan the formation of an "architectural woodwork association" were Mr. Charles (Chic) Rinehimer, a longtime director and onetime president of the Millwork Cost Bureau and Elmer W. Root, also a former president of the Millwork Cost Bureau.

After several meetings, the Architectural Woodwork Institute was incorporated in Chicago, IL, and its Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Illinois Secretary of State on December 17, 1954.

Past Presidents

Term
 
Name
Location
2017 Kristine Cox High Point, NC
2016 Greg Lutz Wylie, TX
2015 Kent Gilchrist Carmel, IN
2014   Randy Jensen Auburn, AL
2013
 
Michael Bell
Davie, FL
2012
 
Matt Lundahl
Phoenix, AZ
2011
 
Robert Stout
Wendell, NC
2010
 
Doug Carney
Fargo, ND
2009
 
Whitney Coombs
Hannover, PA
2007-2008
 
Richard Ungerbuehler, Sr.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2006-2007
 
Ed Brewer
Louisville, KY
2005-2006
 
Rick Kogler
Baton Rouge, LA
2004-2005
 
Kirsten Ingham
Arlington, WA
2003-2004
 
Jay Blankenship
Columbus, GA
2002-2003
 
Scott Nelson
Lincoln, NE
2001-2002
 
Douglas Mock
Granville, OH
2000-2001
 
Michael Quirk
Wayata, MN
1999-2000
 
Bruce Cody
Roanoke, VA
1998-1999
 
Philip Duvic
Potomac Falls, VA
1997-1998
 
Joseph Bossen
Cinnaminson, NJ
1996-1997
 
Robert Ziegelmeier
Somers, NY
1995-1996
 
Craig Johnson
Osceola, WI
1994-1995
 
Yves DesMarais
Hollywood, FL
1993-1994
 
Joe Sorrelli
Brooklyn, NY
1992-1993
 
Brad Ricketson
Tucson, AZ
1991-1992
 
Lee Biagiotti*
Albany, NY
1990-1991
 
Stan Robuck*
Salina, KS
1989-1990
 
Dave Mengler*
Algonquin, IL
1988-1989
 
Burl Terrill
Mertzon, TX
1987-1988
 
Rudy Scassellati
Placitas, NM
1986-1987
 
James Hamilton, Sr.
Winchester, VA
1985-1986
 
Charles Pugsley
Oklahoma City, OK
1984-1985
 
Ted Bolle*
Springfield, OH
1983-1984
 
Theodore Petersen
St. Louis, MO
1982-1983
 
Ed Nolen
Knoxville, TN
1981-1982
 
Rick Ohlson
Lakewood, WA
1980-1981
 
Clete Ernster*
Cuero, TX
1979-1980
 
Dick Currie
Hutchinson, KS
1978-1979
 
Williiam Hanselman
Edwardsville, IL
1977-1978
 
John McDonald*
Miami, FL
1976-1977
 
Albert Morante*
Monroe Township, NJ
1975-1976
 
Marlin Olsen
Eugene, OR
1974-1975
 
Lloyd Burton
Virginia Beach, VA
1973-1974
 
Robert Morency*
West Dundee, IL
1972-1973
 
Bud Lundahl
Phoenix, AZ
1971-1972
 
William Otis
Pawley's Island, SC
1970-1971
 
John Mielach*
Edison, NJ
1969-1970
 
Lou Dietz*
Haverford, PA
1968-1969
 
Eldredge Leeming
Vero Beach, FL
1967-1968
 
Cedric Thompson*
Simsbury, CT
1966-1967
 
James Elliot*
Norfolk, VA
1965-1966
 
James O'Neill, Jr.*
Rome, GA
1964-1965
 
William Winter*
Williamsport, PA
1963-1964
 
Wayne Sandberg*
Salt Lake City, UT
1962-1963
 
Norman Vaughn, Sr.*
Warwick, RI
1961-1962
 
Ralph Harrison*
Nashville, TN
1960-1961
 
Robert Koll*
Winnetka, IL
1959-1960
 
Robert Hoe, Jr.*
Poughkeepsie, NY
1958-1959
 
Elmer Root*
Appleton, WI
1957-1958
 
Claude Twiellenmeier*
St. Louis, MO
1955-1957
 
Albert Carlson*
Minneapolis, MN
1953-1955
 
Charles Rinehimer*
Elgin, IL
 
* denoted Deceased

Honorary Life Members

Honorary Life Members are individuals who have contributed exemplary service to the association, its members, and AWI's Mission as deemed by his/her peers.
 
Jerry Allen John Leininger
Lee Biagiotti* Bud Lundahl
Michael Bell Teresa McCain
Jay Blankenship Mickey McCoy
Joseph Bossen Dave Mengler*
Ed Brewer John Mielach*
Gerald Brewer Doug Mock
Carl Bullmore* Albert Morante*
Lloyd Burton William Munyan
Bruce Cody Scott Nelson
Dick Currie Ed Nolan
Yves DesMarais Rick Ohlson
Lou Dietz* Marlin Olsen
Phil Duvic William Otis
Wendell Ellsworth Theodore Petersen
Clete Ernster* Charles Pugsley
Paul Fetzer Michael Quirk
Margaret Fisher Brad Ricketson*
John Halpin Rudy Scassellati
James Hamilton, Sr. Dan Snider*
William Hanselman Joe Sorrelli
Greg Heuer Burl Terrill
Frank Huschitt, Sr. Norman Vaughn*
Kirsten Ingham Norman "Woody" Vaughn, Jr
Craig Johnson Steve Waltman
Rick Kogler Dan Wendell
Ned Kreider Rob Ziegelmeier
Eldredge Leeming  

* denoted Deceased