2011: Gray Plosser, FAIA


KPS Group, Inc.
2011 Distinguished Architect

Hailed as a leader by the design and construction industry, Gray Plosser, Jr., FAIA truly stands out as being deeply involved in the architectural profession and as a “citizen architect”, constantly contributing his time and efforts to make his community a better place. In a career spanning over four decades, he has built a premier company and blazed a trail that few others can emulate.


Mr. Plosser is the managing principal of KPS Group, receiving over 70 local, regional, and national awards for design excellence under his guidance. He is regularly published in professional and trade journals, lecturing to industry groups and students in the fields of professional practice, business development, project delivery, urban design, and community revitalization.


Captain, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe and Vietnam
Founder, Alabama Community Design Program
Director, NAAB – National Architectural Accreditation Board
Member, Architectural Advisory Council, Auburn and Tulane Universities
Founding Director, Global Design Alliance


Tulane University, Master of Architecture, 1968


President’s Award, Alabama Council AIA
Thomas Jefferson Award, Alabama Historical Commission


Downtown Birmingham: A Historical Walking Tour Guide, co-author.


President, Omicron Delta Psi Leadership Honorary, Tulane University
President, Birmingham Chapter AIA
Councilor, Alabama Council AIA
Board of Directors, National AIA
Chair, National AIA Regional/Urban Design and Disaster Assistance Committees
Chair, National AIA Taskforce, Advancing the Institute for the Millennium
Chair, Alabama Historical Commission
Board of Directors, Operation New Birmingham
Member, Indian Springs Board of Trustees
Member, Neighborhood Housing Services of Birmingham
Member, Leadership Alabama, Class III
Chair, Department of Architecture and Fine Arts of Episcopal Diocese of Alabama
Senior Warden, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Board of Directors, Compass Bank
Board of Directors, Alabama Symphony