2023 Honorary Fellows
The AIA Honorary Fellowship program honors international architects for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society on an international level. Recipients of Honorary Fellowship are elevated to the College of Fellows.
Below is high-level information about the program criteria to help you determine if you are a good fit for Honorary Fellowship. For full criteria and guidelines, please refer to the submission guide in the Resources tab.
“An architect of esteemed character and distinguished achievements who is not entitled to practice architecture in any state of the United States, is not a resident of the United States, and does not primarily practice architecture within the domain of the Institute, may be admitted to Honorary Fellowship.” AIA Bylaws, section 2.5
Honorary Fellowship is open to architects who:
- are not licensed to practice architecture in any U.S. state.
- do not primarily live or practice in the U.S.
Any AIA member may nominate qualified individuals for Honorary Fellowship. Your nominator may also serve as your sponsor, if eligible.
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 extensive bodies of distinguished work that has been broadly recognized for its design excellence 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 management includes ﬁrm management, administration, and project management. Practice technical advancement includes speciﬁc building types, and technical expertise. For example, practice technical advancement of preservation projects might be based on the architect’s strong commitment to historical research, implementation of unique preservation technique, and coupled with their strong focus on the actual construction implementation to enhance our physical heritage.
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 one of the following: an alternative career related to architecture that illustrates outstanding achievements that supports the architectural profession; extensive volunteer work with organizations not directly connected with the built environment; or service that transcends the customary architectural practice that have wide reaching impacts that serve as a national model.
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 widely recognized, 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.
The jury considers how candidates have shown distinction in the context of their object, in relation to AIA's values, and whether their work has had a ripple effect.
The Ripple Effect
Candidates are asked to demonstrate the "ripple effect" they have had on the profession. This is shorthand for your impact beyond the day-to-day work of your practice or outside your community. Ripple effect could be demonstrated by speaking, publications, mentoring, service to the profession, geographic impact, or legacy through others.
Recognition for this program typically includes the following elements but may be subject to change. Recipients will receive additional information about this cycle’s recognition benefits with their selection notification.
- promotional recognition in AIA communication channels.
- New fellows will receive an invitation to participate in the College of Fellows Investiture ceremony where your family and friends can cheer you on, Convocation, and other COF events at the AIA Conference on Architecture. For more information about these events, contact email@example.com