Robert Madison (ARC '48, HON '04)

Robert Madison (ARC '48, HON '04) received the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes an alumnus or alumna who has made distinguished and outstanding contributions to his or her profession or field of interest and, over the course of a lifetime, brought benefit to his or her community, humanity and honor to the university by embodying the values and spirit of Case Western Reserve University. A CWRU Trustee Emeritus and Trailblazer, Madison earned a Master's degree in architecture from Harvard and completed additional studies as a Fulbright Scholar at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France. In 1950 he became the first African American registered architect in Ohio and is recognized for opening the first African American-owned architecture firm in Ohio. Madison's major projects include the United States Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, the Nuclear Facility at Tuskegee Institute (Alabama) and Cleveland Browns Stadium.