Richard McNeel awarded NCARB President’s Medal for Distinguished Service

13 August 2019


McNeel Awarded NCARB President’s Medal for Distinguished Service

JBHM leader is first Mississippi Architect to receive national honor for service to architecture

JACKSON, Mississippi — The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards has awarded its highest honor to Jackson architect Richard McNeel, chief executive officer of JBHM Architecture, P.A.

McNeel is one of 12 national awardees this year and the first Mississippian to receive the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service — specifically for his commitment to architectural regulation and NCARB’s mission to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare.  The award recognizes individuals who have dedicated a large part of their careers, energy and wisdom to benefit the work of NCARB, the public and the profession.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this recognition from NCARB and the many accomplished professionals who serve the organization,” McNeel said. “I am also thankful to NCARB for the multitude of developmental opportunities and experiences that have helped me grow as an architect and a leader. This award would not have been possible without the support and dedication of my JBHM colleagues, who have helped build our team into one of the finest and most respected architectural firms in the Southeast.”

A lifelong proponent of quality education, training and testing for architects, McNeel is an active member of NCARB.  He chaired and helped develop the national architect’s exam for 13 years. He also serves Chair of the Architectural Advisory board of Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture. As a JBHM leader, his priorities include creating developmental opportunities for interns and devoting his time to mentor young professionals.

Over the course of his extensive career, McNeel has served as president of three statewide organizations: the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Mississippi Architects Foundation and the State Board of Architecture.

In addition, McNeel has received more than 30 awards recognizing his design leadership and expertise, including regional and state AIA Awards for design, awards for interior design, and construction industry awards. His work has been published in local and regional publications.

Earlier this year, McNeel was named chair of NCARB’s Southern Conference, which comprises registration boards in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and the Virgin Islands. In this role, McNeel helps protect public health, safety and welfare for a combined population of 94 million people by ensuring stronger industry standards throughout the region.

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards is a nonprofit organization comprising architectural licensing boards of 54 states and territories. More information is available at

JBHM Architecture operates offices in Jackson, Columbus and Tupelo and provides architectural, planning and interior design services to clients in the Southeast. Founded in 1970, McNeel’s firm is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Since its opening in 1970, JBHM Architecture has grown from a small office in Tupelo, Mississippi, into a regional multi-discipline design firm that includes architecture, landscape architecture and interior design. While the design of educational facilities remains one of the firm’s core specialties, JBHM is a regional and national leader in industrial, health care, civic and corporate sectors.