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Honorary Membership

Honorary membership is one of the highest honors that The American Institute of Architects can bestow upon a person outside the profession of architecture.

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Eligibility

Any member of the national AIA Board of Directors, component, or AIA knowledge community may nominate:

• Persons of esteemed character who are not eligible for membership in the Institute but who have given distinguished service to the profession of architecture or the allied arts and sciences

• National and component staff members who have served on staff for a period of at least 10 years and have given distinguished service to the profession of architecture or the allied arts and sciences.

2014 Deadline & Entry Fee

The deadline for submission completion is October 4, 2013 before 5:00 PM Eastern. All deadlines are strictly observed.

There is no entry fee for this program.

2014 Jury

 

Charles Schreckenberger, AIA (Chair)
Braun & Steidl Architects, Inc.
Akron

Torrey Stanley Carleton, Hon. AIA
AIA San Antonio
San Antonio

Eric R. Hoffman, AIA
Washington University at St. Louis
St. Louis



Submission Preview

Carefully review the 2014 Honorary Membership Submission Preview before submitting your payment. You can go back and edit your submission until the deadline.

Submission Criteria

Principles Underlying Election to Honorary Membership

Honorary Membership is one of the highest honors that The American Institute of Architects can bestow upon a person outside the profession of architecture. Election to Honorary Membership is to be voted only if the accomplishments of the nominee are truly outstanding and of national significance.

The Bylaws of The American Institute of Architects (Section 2.61) provide:

“A person of esteemed character who is not eligible for membership in the Institute but who has rendered distinguished service to the profession of architecture or to the arts and sciences allied therewith, may be admitted to Honorary Membership”.


Nominees must not be eligible for membership in the Institute, including individuals who:

    • Are eligible by education or experience and are employed, enrolled or participating in circumstances recognized by licensing authorities as constituting credit toward architectural licensure, or

    • Are employed under the supervision of an architect in a professional or technical capacity directly related to the practice of architecture, or

    • Have a professional degree in architecture, or are faculty members in university programs in architecture and who are actively involved in research, administration, or the teaching of architecture, or

    • Have an architectural license or the equivalent from a non-U.S. licensing authority and demonstrate honorable standing in the profession in the locale in which they are licensed


The Institute requires that the achievements of each nominee for this honor be considered most carefully by those who submit nominations and by the Jury for Honorary Members which awards the honors.

Because the Jury must rely solely on the submission to speak for the achievements of the nominees, great responsibility lies with the nominator and references of the nominee. The nominators should feel certain that the nominee’s achievements have sufficient distinction to make them notable contributions to the advancement of the profession or its allied arts and sciences. They should remember that the age, personality, and popularity of the nominee do not, of themselves, constitute a notable contribution, and Honorary Membership is not an award for the nominee’s industry or success.

Staff members also, to be deemed worthy of Honorary Membership, should be recognized as having made significant contributions to the Institute which result in distinguished service to the profession. The longevity of service, age, personality, and popularity of the staff member do not, of themselves, constitute a notable contribution.

Candidates will be evaluated on how well they meet the program criteria which is to be uploaded as a single PDF file smaller than 10 MB in the order listed and not to exceed 32 pages:

1. A one-page nomination letter by a member of the national AIA Board of Directors, component, or AIA knowledge community that summarizes the candidate's contributions. (The regional director must be notified of any nomination made in their area.)

2. A maximum of two pages describing the candidate’s professional activities and accomplishments that constitute distinguished service to the profession of architecture or to the arts and sciences allied therewith.

3. A maximum of two pages describing the candidate’s professional activities and accomplishments that constitute distinguished service to the Institute.

4. A maximum of two pages describing all other qualifications (honors, awards, publications, positions held, etc.).

5. Other exhibits (maximum of 15 pages) as appropriate to support the nomination (photographs, brochures, booklets, etc.).

6. A minimum of seven to a maximum of ten one-page letters of support that are explicit in their recommendation and contain specific reasons supporting the candidate's nomination (the one page letter is to be written on company letterhead and signed with either an original or electronic signature).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I have to start and finish my submission in one session?
No. You can start your submission and come back to finish it before the deadline date of 5:00 pm Eastern Time.

What if I want to make changes to my entry after I have completed my submission?
You can enter the system at any time to edit or update your submission before the deadline date prior to 5:00 pm, Eastern Time.

How will I know my submission has been received?
Upon submitting your entry, you will receive a confirmation e-mail message containing your submission details.

What should I do if I did not receive a confirmation e-mail containing my submission details?

First, check your junk mail folder – the most likely problem is that your spam filter sent the e-mail from HonorsAwards@aia.org to your junk mail. You should change your account settings to accept future e-mail from us. If it did not go into your junk mail folder, please contact HonorsAwards@aia.org for assistance.

Begin Your Submission

The deadline for the 2014 program has passed.

The 2015 information will be posted in the spring of 2014. Until that time we encourage you to use the submission preview as a guideline.

Questions may be directed to HonorsAwards@aia.org.

Past Recipients

Complete List of Recipients

Contact

Kathleen Daileda, Hon. AIA
Director, AIA Awards
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20006
202.626.7474
kdaileda@aia.org

         

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