AIA elevates 149 members and eight international architects to the College of Fellows

AIA Fellowship recognizes significant contributions to profession of architecture and society

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Washington, D.C. – February 11, 2016 – The 2016 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated 149 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession. The 2016 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Convention in Philadelphia in May.

The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

2016 Jury of Fellows

Diane Georgopulos, FAIA, Chair, Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency; Steve Crane, FAIA, VCBO; Marleen Kay Davis, FAIA, University of Tennessee; Mary Katherine (Mary Kay) Lanzillotta, FAIA, Hartman Cox Architects; David Messersmith, FAIA, University of Texas; Karen V. Nichols, FAIA, Michael Graves & Associates and Donald T. Yoshino, FAIA, Yoshino Architecture, PA.

Out of a total AIA membership of nearly 88,000, there are fewer than 3,200 distinguished with the honor of fellowship and honorary fellowship. The elevation to fellowship is conferred on architects with at least 10 years of membership in the AIA in one or more of the following nomination categories:

    1. Promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession

    2. Advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice

    3. Coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA or other related professional organizations

    4. Advanced the living standards of people through an improved environment

    5. Made the profession of ever-increasing service to society

Included in the list below are the newly elevated members, their component affiliation and category for which they were elevated.

2016 Fellows

Included in the list below are the newly elevated members, their component affiliation and category for which they were elevated. View a more detailed list with images.

AIA 2016 College of Fellows

* By virtue of receiving the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, Mr. Lewis was automatically elevated to Fellowship

2016 Honorary Fellows

The 2016 Jury of Fellows in conjunction with the 2015 Jury of Honorary Fellows also elevated eight individuals to become Honorary Fellows of the Institute.  Honorary Fellowship was developed as the international counterpart to the Fellowship program. It recognizes the achievements foreign architects as individuals, but also elevates before the global public and the profession, model architects who have significantly contributed to the profession on an international level.

AIA 2016 Honorary Fellows

Jury of Honorary Fellows

George Miller, FAIA, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects, LLP; Diane Legge Kemp, FAIA, RTKL Asia Ltd.; Steve Crane, FAIA, VCBO; Marleen Kay Davis, FAIA, University of Tennessee; Diane Georgopulos, FAIA, Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency; Mary Katherine (Mary Kay) Lanzillotta, FAIA, Hartman Cox Architects; David Messersmith, FAIA, University of Texas; Karen V. Nichols, FAIA, Michael Graves & Associates and Donald T. Yoshino, FAIA, Yoshino Architecture, PA.

About The American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well-being. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

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