AIA Fellows are recognized with AIA’s highest membership honor for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society.
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% of AIA members have this distinction. For the class of 2021, there were 239 submissions for the College of Fellows. Of those, 101 architects and the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award recipient were elevated, bringing the total 2021 class to 102.
Below is the demographic information for those who submitted proposals for Fellows consideration and for those who were successfully elevated. See how this compares to AIA’s member demographics1.
In addition, AIA’s Honors & Awards is currently undergoing an assessment/audit with an outside group to review all of its programs and processes for inequities and structural barriers. This includes the College of Fellows. Ensuring greater diversity in who we honor and recognize is critical to the long-term success of the profession as a leader of positive societal change. Who we honor today inspires tomorrow’s innovators and motivates the next generation of leaders.
The assessment is expected to be complete in Q2 2021 with program changes to follow.
Key findings in this report are a benchmark. The data presented in this report is accurate to the best of our ability at the time of publication. Context and language evolve over time—some definitions that have been used in the past are no longer in use or have been expanded. The definitions related to gender identity and expression and race and/or ethnicity will undoubtedly continue to evolve, be replaced, or become obsolete.
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