AIA grants Honorary Membership to Six individuals

Recipients are recognized for their contributions to the architecture profession.

WASHINGTON – Feb. 14, 2020 - The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is granting Honorary AIA Membership to six people for their exemplary service to the architecture profession.

Honorary AIA Membership is conferred upon individuals who have made notable contributions to the advancement of the architecture profession but are not otherwise eligible for AIA membership. In order to be considered for honorary membership, candidates must meet a host of criteria to be eligible. Additionally, candidates must be nominated by either members of the AIA Board of Directors, Strategic Council, chapters, or Knowledge Communities. Nominations are subject to the review and consideration of a jury.

This year’s honorary members are:

  • Valerie Brown, Hon. AIA
  • Matthew Kiefer, Hon. AIA
  • Lisa Richmond, Hon. AIA
  • Janet Rumbarger, Hon. AIA
  • Nicki Dennis Stephens, Hon. AIA
  • Eric White, Hon. AIA

Complete details of each recipients’ contributions can be reviewed on AIA’s website.

About AIA

Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing.

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. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.


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