In 2003, the National American Institute of Architects bestowed the Young Architects Award on Paul Neuhaus for “exceptional leadership during the first 10 years of licensure” as an architect. His submission for this award combined two important ambitions: a strong desire to be engaged in the world through art, design and fabrication; and a conviction that his life’s work should directly benefit his community. Paul freely admits that these ambitions were formulated during his years at CLU as a young art student. His experiences at the university included participation in Bread for the World
and Los Niños as well as a critical semester abroad in South America, under the guidance of art professor Jerry Slattum.
After graduation, Paul joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in rural Costa Rica. Relying on his art and design knowledge, he developed projects that taught skills, earned income, and improved the health conditions of the community.
During the last decade, Paul’s design work has focused on public buildings – libraries, laboratories, a college, a courthouse, a post office, a museum, an elementary school and a police station – facilities that are all vital to the operation and cultural well being of communities.