Octavius Morgan Distinguished Service Award Recipients: 2015
Named after the first president of the California Architects Board (Board), the Octavius Morgan Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals who have significantly contributed to the Board’s mission through volunteerism over a period of time. The Board selects award recipients annually. Nominations are accepted from Board members and staff.
The Board relies on volunteers to assist in developing the California Supplemental Examination (CSE) and to serve on many of its committees. Here are the 2015 honorees:
Robert Greig’s service with the California Architects Board was an important activity during his lengthy and diverse career.
It was just a natural thing, Greig said.
I’ve always been active and involved. I had been in architecture for 10 years when I began working with the Board,
and I believed it was time to give back to the profession.
Greig served the Board as a CSE Commissioner for 27 years, from 1983 until 2010. He also served as a grader for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ Architect Registration Examination in the late 1980s. Due to his significant contributions to the Board—a total of 850 volunteer hours—Greig was awarded the 2015 Octavius Morgan Distinguished Service Award.
His path to becoming an architect was not direct. At the start of his career, Greig noticed he had a knack for drawing and art, so he took a job working for a building contractor that created residential remodels back in the 1950s. Greig drew color renderings of how the final projects would look. After that position, he moved on to work for a company that provided construction documents for building contractors; there he learned about architectural drafting and lettering. His next job was working for an architect.
After years of work experience and completing courses in architecture, he received a license to practice architecture in 1973. He received NCARB certification in the early 1980s. During his career, Greig took on a diverse range of architectural projects and was a principal in several different firms. He held several positions in AIA, culminating with the president of the Orange County Chapter in 1981.
In addition to commercial, industrial, and corporate headquarters projects throughout Orange County, Greig designed both single and multi-family residential projects in California, Arizona, Oregon, and Texas.
In 1989, he began working in construction management.
I was happy when I got into construction management, says Greig.
It was interesting to me and I enjoyed
bringing the designs of talented architects to fruition.
His favorite construction management projects include the Community and Senior Center for the City of Yorba Linda, and the City Council Chambers for the City of Perris.
Alex Rogic served the Board as a CSE Commissioner for more than 26 years starting from the mid-1980s until 2010 and volunteered over 800 hours to the CSE. He also assisted in 1986 examination development for the California Architect Licensing Examination, which was administered from 1987 through 1989.
Rogic worked for the United States (US) Department of Housing and Urban Development where he was a Senior Architect. He was also a part-time faculty member of Santa Monica College where he served as an adjunct professor for 20 years.
An accomplished swimmer, Rogic placed within the top five (for the 65 to 69 age range) in the US Masters Swimming Organization during the 2002 Long Course Nationals and within the top ten during the 1500-meter freestyle for the same age group.