2022 Honorary Membership
The AIA recognizes the notable contributions and service of people outside of the architecture profession with Honorary Membership.
Kira Gould, Hon. AIA
For more than three decades, Gould has operated as an incredibly effective catalyst and connector across a number of roles. She’s worked as a journalist, most notably at Metropolis magazine; a consultant and staff member for a number of design firms; and a volunteer with AIA. In all of her roles, she has emphasized the highest aspirations of the profession while helping people understand that human and leadership diversity are necessary to advance those goals.
Peter A. DeLisle, Hon. AIA
DeLisle’s distinguished service to the profession has helped set an important agenda for future leaders, and his efforts prompted recognition by AIA Dallas and the Texas Society of Architects, both of which made him an honorary member. His background in education is rooted in architecture, engineering, and commerce, and he has served as a professor of practice at three universities. Additionally, DeLisle is an executive education faculty member at nearly 20 institutions of higher education across the globe.
Greg Galer, Hon. AIA
Galer has been actively engaged in historic preservation and adaptive reuse for more than three decades. Even before he finished his undergraduate studies, he completed building surveys and documentation for what is now Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. In his early 20s, Galer fostered numerous collaborations between architects, archeologists, historians, and curators. Before stepping in to helm the BPA in 2012, Galer was an independent consultant who worked across dozens of historic sites managing renovations and overseeing collections and exhibitions.
Gregory H. Kats, Hon. AIA
Gregory H. Kats, Hon. AIA, has played a pivotal role in mainstreaming the ideals of green building in the United States for more than 30 years. Through his research, policy, and advocacy work, he has contributed substantially to AIA’s commitment to sustainability leadership and infused the profession with newfound income streams and creative opportunities.
George M. Smart Jr., Hon. AIA
Two events in the early 2000s set Smart on his path: a visit to Fallingwater and the destruction of North Carolina’s iconic Catalano House, which House & Home magazine deemed the “house of the decade” in the early 1950s. Following the loss of the Catalano House and its sweeping hyperbolic roof, Smart worked with David Crawford, Hon. AIA, AIA North Carolina’s executive vice president, to unearth a trove of documents, slides, and magazines to find similar homes in the state.