The CSI College of Fellows has selected five new members to the 2020 class, including Alan Mitchell Horne Sr., CSI, CCS, CCCA, CDT®, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, USGB.
Alan was nominated through a rigorous application process, then elected by the Jury of Fellows for membership. Fellowship is one of the top two honors given by the Institute.
Alan will be inducted during the virtual Honors and Awards Ceremony taking place later this fall. Here, he shares what the honor means to him, and how he has contributed to—and benefited from—his membership in CSI.
What does being a member of the 2020 Class of Fellows honorees mean to you?
It is a great honor that has been a life goal of mine for almost 40 years.
Fellowship acknowledges contributions to the advancement of construction technology. Of all your contributions to CSI, which of them are most significant to you?
My seven years on the Institute Certification Committee where I helped improve the quality of the exams for future candidates.
What was your first job in the construction industry?
A summer laborer for a construction company while in high school.
What has been your favorite aspect of making your career in this field?
Combining several of my favorite things – math and art, plus technical writing.
How has being a member of CSI informed your life and career?
The fellowship with other design and construction professionals has been extraordinary.
Is there anyone you would like to recognize for supporting the work you do?
I would like to thank several mentors in CSI, Jentzen Bull CSI, Marvin Martin FCSI, TJ Gottwalt FCSI, and Norb Steeber FCSI.
What advice would you give to newer CSI members just entering this industry, or that you wish a colleague had given you?
Make friends with everyone you meet in CSI. They are the cream of the crop and will be invaluable down the road.
What do you think the most significant changes, or opportunities, will be in the construction industry in the next 5 to 10 years?
Additional steps in technology to make design and construction easier and better coordinated.
Any additional thoughts on how being a member of the CSI Community has helped weather the current pandemic and how you and your colleagues continue to support each other?
I think the current situation, with many design phase people working from home, would not be possible without CSI MasterFormat.