The Society of Architectural
Historians/Southern California Chapter (SAH/SCC) takes great delight in
congratulating Paul Bockhorst, Hon. AIA, on the deserved title of Honorary
Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Paul’s films have been
responsible for bringing the significant work of many forgotten California
architects to a national stage where they can be appreciated by a new
generation of architectural historians, preservationists, and the public.
SAH/SCC has worked with Paul since 2001, when we became
fiscal receiver for his documentary “Greene
and Greene: The Art of Architecture.” During the course of our 12-year
relationship, our organization has known Paul to be of the highest character—as
well as a rigorous historian. Paul’s talents manifest themselves in documentary
films that make the intellectual capital accessible to professionals and
non-professionals alike. His films translate that intellectual capital visually
into theexperienceof architecture.
Because of the high quality of Paul’s films, they have
been featured on public television stations all over the country and seen by
thousands of people who may never have the opportunity to experience, in
person, the buildings he features. This is a gift to architectural history and
architecture. With visual content finding an increasingly important and
powerful place on the Internet, Paul’s contributions have only just begun to
reach a global audience. His work will be seen and remembered by future
generations. And as a result, so will the work of many significant architects.
Paul’s films are widely available for rent in libraries
and for purchase through the SAH/SCC website. We encourage all our members to
make them required viewing. And we hope you join us in congratulating Paul.