The AIA Honorary Fellowship program honors international architects for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society on an international level.
Distinguished architects who are not US residents and who do not primarily practice architecture within the US may be nominated for Honorary Fellowship.
Any member of the Institute may act as a sponsor and nominate a qualified individual for honorary fellowship.
Objects of Nomination
Object One: Design, urban design, or preservation
"To promote the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession."
Fellowship in this object is granted to architects who have produced distinguished bodies of work through design, urban design, or preservation. This may be accomplished through individual or organizational effort. Works submitted may be of any size for any client, of any scope and reflecting any type of architectural design service.
Object Two: Practice Management, or Practice Technical Advancement
"To advance the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of practice."
Fellowship in this object is granted to architects who have made notable contributions through their work in the practice of architecture. Practice includes firm management, administration, and project management or specialty areas (specific building types, technical expertise).
Object Three: Led the Institute, or a related organization
"To coordinate the building industry, and the profession of architecture."
Fellowship in this object is granted to architects who have actively, efficiently, and cooperatively led the Institute or a related professional organization over a sustained period of time and have gained widespread recognition for the results of their work.
Object Four: Public service, government, industry, or organization
"To ensure the advancement of the living standards of people through their improved environment."
Fellowship in this object is granted to architects who have made notable contributions in public service or work in government or industry organizations through leadership in the development of civic improvements and needed governmental projects, including such elements as conservation, beautification, land-use regulation, transportation, or the removal of blighted areas, or who have clearly raised the standards of professional performance in these areas by advancing the administration of professional affairs in their fields.
Object Five: Alternative career, volunteer work with organizations not directly connected with the built environment, or service to society
"To make the profession of ever-increasing service to society."
Fellowship in this object is granted to architects who have made notable contributions to the public through alternative careers or volunteer work with organizations not directly connected to the built environment. Achievements may also be of a kind that transcends the other categories for advancement to serve society or humanity in a unique and important manner.
Object Six: Education, Research, Literature
"To advance the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, and training.
Fellowship in this object is granted to architects who have made notable contributions through their work in education, research, or literature. Work in education may be teaching, research, administration, or writing and should have a lasting impact, be widelyrecognized, and provide inspiration to others in the field and the profession. Research areas may include building codes and standards, specifications,new material applications, or inventions.