AIA Fellows are recognized with the AIA’s highest membership honor for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. The prestige of FAIA after your name is unparalleled and the judging is rigorous.

Architects who have made significant contributions to the profession and society and who exemplify architectural excellence can become a member of the AIA College of Fellows. Only 3 percent of the AIA members have this distinction.


  • AIA architect members who have been in good standing for at least 10 years may be nominated.
  • Nominees must have completed 10 cumulative years as an AIA architect member prior to the nomination deadline.
  • If uncertainties exist about the period of membership, and after consulting with the local chapter, please contact Membership History to verify the candidate's eligibility prior to preparing the submission.

Objects of Nomination

  • Object One: To promote the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession. Design, Urban Design, or Preservation.
  • Object Two: To advance the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice. Education, Research, Literature, or Practice (with the option of a subcategory of Management or Technical Advancement).
  • Object Three: To coordinate the building industry, and the profession of architecture. Led the Institute or a Related Organization.
  • Object Four: To ensure the advancement of the living standards of people through their improved environment. Public Service, Government, Industry, or Organization.
  • Object Five: To make the profession of ever-increasing service to society. Alternative Career, Volunteer Work with Organizations Not Directly Connected with the Built Environment or Service to Society

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