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Genos Center Founder Douglas Busch Awarded Legacy Award from University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts

The Genos Center Foundation is proud to announce that our Founder & Architectural Designer Douglas Isaac Busch has been awarded the prestigious FAA Legacy Awards by the University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts. This award recognizes college alumni and friends who have demonstrated courage, curiosity, and passion in their work. This award honors lifelong learners and advocates, individuals who have impacted their fields in transformative ways—catalysts with distinguished service to the arts.

Busch, an American photographer, artist, inventor, teacher, gemologist, philanthropist and architectural designer, is known for using the world’s largest portable view cameras and negatives to produce the world’s largest photographic contact prints.

His photographs have been exhibited in many one-man shows in museums across the United States and Europe along with accompanying books and are in the permanent collections of numerous esteemed museums such as the J. Paul Getty Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Wilhelm Hack Museum and the Mannheim Museum of Art, Germany.

As an architectural designer, Busch’s imaginative eco-friendly, sustainable architectural work and drought-tolerant landscape designs have allowed him to work with many colleagues throughout California through his firm Busch Design Build Inc. including designing the late Bob Saget’s home and others featured in Los Angeles Times, Robb Report, and Malibu Times. Prior to 2018’s Woolsey fire Busch developed EcoPark on a 20 acre parcel in Malibu slated to be turned into a public eco-themed park and learning center. The goal was to use the land to demonstrate sustainable building and technologies to the masses.

A legacy award indeed, Douglas Isaac Busch’s legacy project was announced in early 2023 through his work with The Genos Center Foundation. Our organization’s goal is to build a multicultural art gallery, non-denominational chapel and sustainable reflective gardens

Receiving the FAA Legacy Award is a great honor for Douglas Isaac Busch, as it highlights his commitment to excellence in art and architecture. The criteria for this award emphasizes courage, curiosity, and passion – three values that are essential to any creative field. With this award, Douglas Isaac Busch serves as an example for future generations of artists who strive to make a meaningful impact on the world through art.

On behalf of The Genos Center Foundation we congratulate Douglas Isaac Busch on receiving this prestigious award from the University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts!