Remembering Mark Bottemiller

Mark Bottemiller, 2011
On October 17 Mark Bottemiller, a valued AIA member, lost his battle with cancer. Mark was the AIA Vancouver President in 2004, a former AIA|WA Board Member, and a respected colleague.
“Mark has represented the dignity and value of the profession of architecture to his peers and to the community. His consistent volunteer efforts and service to the AIA exemplifies his commitment to the profession of architecture that we as professionals should all aspire to provide. His actions have made a lasting positive influence on our community and the profession of architecture.”
– Timothy Buckley, AIA
The AIA Vancouver will be especially impacted by Mark’s passing. He was instrumental in the creation of the component’s student grant. To honor his contribution the grant will now be called The Mark Bottemiller Scholarship. Annually at least one graduate student attending the School of Architecture at Washington State University is helped by this scholarship.
“Mark was one of the most selfless people I have met and certainly one of the most active members of our component. His most notable contribution to the AIA Vancouver is his work on the scholarship fund. Without his efforts, the annual scholarships that AIA Vancouver has provided to students wouldn’t be on the stable economic foundation they are today. Countless students have, and will, benefit from his generosity, caring and energy.”
– Ryan Wilson, AIA
Mark kept loved ones updated as he battled cancer through website: www.caringbridge.org/visit/markbottemiller. You can still visit this website to leave condolences, show support, and make donations. The site is filled with wonderful comments about Mark from AIA members.
“I met Mark through the AIA Vancouver component about five years ago and I already miss not having him at our meetings and participating in our long emails. He was such an important part of our organization… he spent many volunteer hours, he never complained and was always happy to help out. I will miss him greatly and so will all the other architects in town and around the state. He was a good friend, a great colleague and a wonderful architect.”
– Sue Mangin, AIA
Mark was not only a committed architect but also a devoted Cougar fan and WSU alumni. Due to his love for the Cougs, and his wish not to have a formal service, his family has asked that those who attend his Celebration of Life Service wear cougar colors or cougar clothes. The service is being held this Saturday, October 29, at the First United Methodist Church in Vancouver, 401 E 33rd street at 1:00 p.m.

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