Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award (formerly the Individual Achievement Award), if presented, is awarded to structural engineers who have made significant life-long contributions to our profession over the course of his or her career.  Character, integrity, innovation, experience, and ethics are some of the areas in which an individual should excel to be considered for this award.  

2020 Lifetime Achievement Award 

James Case

Jim Case is a founding Principal of Uzun + Case, LLC.  He studied Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado and received a Master of Engineering degree from Cornell University.  After graduating, Jim worked several prominent engineering firms. In 1987 he founded Case Engineering which eventually became Uzun + Case, LLC.

Jim’s training in architecture and engineering has led to a lifelong interest in exploring the intersection of the two disciplines and a commitment to helping clients achieve their design goals.  Be it a large iconic building or a complex work of art, Jim strives to arrive at synergistic solutions that are intuitive, correct, and buildable.  This has resulted a body of award-winning work, including the High Museum of Art, the NCR Corporate Headquarters, the Fernbank Museum Canopy Walkway, and the Georgia Tech Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design.

Jim is committed to the advancement of his profession and his community.  He has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Structural Engineers Association of Georgia, the American Council of Engineering Companies, the Georgia Tech School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the University of Colorado Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering.

His charitable activities include contributions to the Uzun + Case Fellowship for Excellence in Structural Engineering at Georgia Tech, the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta and numerous other philanthropies.


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