The American Institute of Architects Elevates 12 AIANY Members to the College of Fellows

March 12, 2021

AIA Fellowship recognizes significant contributions to the profession of architecture and society.

NEW YORK, New York, March 12, 2021 – The 2021 Jury of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated 102 of its members, including 12 AIA New York members, to its prestigious College of Fellows. AIA Fellowship recognizes architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.

AIA New York will recognize its newly elevated local members at a virtual celebration on Wednesday, March 24.

Out of a total AIA membership of over 95,000 members, less than 3% are distinguished with the honors of fellowship and honorary fellowship. The elevation to fellowship is conferred on architects with at least 10 years of membership, based on demonstrated achievement in one or more of the following nomination categories (also known as Objects):

  1. Promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession
  2. Advanced the science and art of planning and building by furthering the standards of architectural education, training, and practice
  3. Coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA and 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 AIANY members:

Illya Azaroff, FAIA, +LAB architects
Hilary Kinder Bertsch, FAIA, Perkins Eastman
Jeffrey S. Dugan, FAIA, Dattner Architects
Laura L. Ettelman-Gunter, FAIA, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Karen Fairbanks, FAIA, Marble Fairbanks
Bryan Langlands, FAIA, NBBJ
Paul Milana, FAIA, Hart Howerton
Pascale Sablan, FAIA, Adjaye Associates
Hilary M. Sample, FAIA, MOS Architects
James Sanders, FAIA, James Sanders Studio
Fernando A. Villa, FAIA, Magnusson Architecture & Planning
David Wallance, FAIA, DRA/W

Visit AIA National’s website for more information on the College of Fellows or to view the complete list of newly elevated architect fellows. A full list of AIANY’s fellows is available in the chapter’s Fellows Directory.

About AIA New York
AIA New York is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects with more than 5,700 architect, allied professional, and student members. AIANY is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach and professional development.

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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