CC Old Boys to honour Hopeton Dunn, Clifton Yap and Ivan Godfrey

Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

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Communications specialist Professor Hopeton Dunn and architect Clifton Yap will be honoured by the Kingston Chapter of the Cornwall College Old Boys’ Association this Saturday.

The awards for distinguished service in their professional fields and contribution to the wider society will be presented at the association’s annual Dinner Dance and Awards at Mona Visitors’ Lodge on the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus commencing at 7:00 pm. Dunn is professor of communications policy and digital media at the UWI, where he holds an endowed chair in telecommunications policy and management.

He is academic director of the university’s pioneering Master’s Degree Programme in Telecommunications Policy and Technology Management. Dunn was deputy head boy at Cornwall for the year 1973-74 and went on to distinguish himself in the field of media and communication. He has been a prolific scholar, having edited several books and published various monographs, over 25 chapters in books, a range of journal articles, and 60 scholarly presentations at conferences. His wide range of public service to the media and communication sectors includes being founding director of the CTV cable channel, chairman of the board of Creative Production & Training Centre, and chairman of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica for 10 years from 2007.

Beyond national service, he has been called on as an expert in media and communication in various global fora. For three years he served as secretary general of the International Association for Media and Communications Research, the largest global organisation of scholars and researchers in the field of communications. Yap, regarded as one of Jamaica’s leading architects, is head of Clifton Yap Architects. He graduated from Cornwall in 1962, went on to study architecture at the University of Miami and graduated in January 1969. Within two years of returning to Jamaica, in 1971, he established his own firm Clifton Yap & Associates, which subsequently became Clifton Yap Architects, as it is known today.

Over the years, he has built a strong reputation for design excellence and versatility in successfully completing a wide range of buildings, including single and multi-family residential, resort hotels, offices, shopping centres, and medical facilities. Several of his firm’s projects have become landmark attractions, which have enhanced and uplifted the character of the surrounding areas in which they were built.

In the Jamaican Institute of Architects (JIA) Awards for Excellence in Architecture (formerly known as the Governor General’s Awards), Clifton Yap Architects has received several awards of merit and honourable mentions, including for Sovereign Centre in Kingston and 22 Freeport in Montego Bay.

His design of Braco Village Resort won him the People’s Choice Award in 1996. In 1989, he won an Award of Merit - Commercial Category for the original Appleton Lounge, St Elizabeth. He has now been commissioned to do a new facility for that landmark tourist attraction, projected to bring in 100,000 visitors annually.

Other designs of his include Whitter Village in Montego Bay and Couples, Tower Isle Resort in Ocho Rios. In 2005, Yap was inducted as a Fellow of the JIA. He has served as chairman, JIA College of Fellows (2014 – 2017) and is a past president of the JIA and a past chairman of the Construction Industry Council.

In addition to the recognition of Dunn and Yap, Saturday’s function will feature the Cornwallian at Large Award being presented to Ivan Godfrey III, a final- year student at Norman Manley Law School. This award is presented to a member of the association’s Kingston Chapter who has worked to give good service and support to the chapter and its activities.

People interested in attending the dinner may contact the secretary of the Kingston Chapter via e-mail or phone at ccoba.kingstonchapter@ or 883-0111.





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