Richmond architect John G. Lewis Jr. recently received the Virginia Governor's Energy Award in recognition of his efforts in promoting energy conservation and solar energy use within the state. The award, the result of a statewide competition, cited Lewis' creation of the Virginia Solar Energy Association, the first recognized state chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, and his role in initiating state-sponsored energy education programs for architects and design professionals. Lewis, who runs an architectural firm out of the historic Robert E. Lee House in downtown Richmond, was honored last year by Esquire magazine as one of the "Men and Women Under 40 Who Are Changing America."

Former Ohio congressman Charles A. Vanik, who was a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee and chairman of its trade subcommittee when he retired, has joined the Washington office of the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. Vanik, a 13-term veteran of the House, will specialize in the tax code and international trade law. Also joining the firm are Dennis M. Gingold and John M. Miller, experts in financial services law, and Marshall S. Sinick, an authority in aviation law.

J. E. (Sandy) Murdock III, a former acting deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration and a general attorney for United Airlines in the late 1970s, has joined the Washington office of the law firm of Boothe, Prichard & Dudley. Murdock, who as chief counsel led the FAA's response to the 1981 strike by the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, will be responsible for developing the firm's new transportation law practice.

After a three-year stint rescuing Seattle-based Washington Mutual Savings Bank from red ink, Lawrence Connell has returned to Washington to join the law firm of Prather Seeger Doolittle & Farmer. Connell, who was last here as chairman of the National Credit Union Administration Board during the Carter administration, will specialize in regulatory matters affecting the thrift industry.

NUS Corp., an international engineering and consulting firm in Gaithersburg, has promoted William J. Gallagher and Paul Goldstein to executive vice president and senior vice president, respectively. Gallagher will oversee all business operations, while Goldstein will continue to head the C. W. Rice Group, the principal contractor in the eastern U.S. for the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund program.