Advancement to the AIA College of Fellows is granted for significant achievement in design, preservation, education, literature, and service. It honors architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

Architects who have been members for 10 or more years are eligible for consideration. Most candidates are nominated to submit a Fellowship application to the AIA College of Fellows Jury by their local chapter.

See the AIANY Fellows Directory here >

Refer to the American Institute of Architects headquarters website for the National Jury’s overview of the College of Fellows, submission guidelines, and links to past recipients.

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2021 New Fellows

  • Illya Azaroff, FAIA
    +LAB architects
  • Hilary Kinder Bertsch, FAIA
    Perkins Eastman Architects
  • Jeffrey S. Dugan, FAIA
    Dattner Architects
  • Laura L. Ettelman-Gunter, FAIA
    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Karen Fairbanks, FAIA
    Marble Fairbanks
  • Bryan Langlands, FAIA
  • 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

2022 Fellows Committee

  • Venesa Alicea-Chuqui, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP
  • John Cetra, FAIA
  • Robert Eisenstat, FAIA, LEED AP
  • Joann Gonchar, FAIA, LEED AP
  • Laura Heim, FAIA
  • Margaret Rietveld, FAIA
  • Gregory Switzer, AIA, NOMA, NCARB
  • Fernando Villa, FAIA, LEED AP

How to Become A Fellow

Call for Recommendations - Due February 14, 2022

The AIA New York Chapter Fellows Committee is now accepting recommendations for local nominees for Fellowship. Recommendations can be either self-referrals or submitted with the support of another AIA member. A recommendation from a Chapter Fellow is particularly appreciated.

Referrals should be sent to Suzanne Mecs at with Subject Line: Recommendation to AIANY Fellows Committe

Portfolio Submissions - Due Early April 2022

Candidates who are recommended and meet the membership requirements will receive an invitation to submit a portfolio outlining their achievements for review by the Fellows Committee.

The requirements for the portfolio will be sent via email as an invitation to recommended candidates.

As a local resource, a seminar, "What Does it Take to Become FAIA?", will be held on February 2022 for candidates, sponsors, or others who wish to attend. If you are unable to attend the seminar, you can watch the video of the 2020 event using the button below and the password: FAIA2020.  Individuals can request the slide deck by emailing Suzanne Mecs at

Nominees Selected - Notified in early May 2022

Committee will notifiy individuals in mid-May if they have been nominated by the Chapter for 2022 submission and 2023 College of Fellows Jury consideration. Nominees are asked to identify their sponsors as soon as possible. Nominees, their adminstrative support, and sponsors are invited to a submission preparation workshop, which will be held in June, to review the submission requirements and best practices.

The National Honors and Awards department maintains a wealth of information on the Fellows section of their website, including samples of past successfull submissions. These can be accessed via the web or by inquiry to the national archivist. The Chapter also has some electronic copies from 2007-2021; contact Suzanne Mecs (212-358-6115 or if you would like to recieve a particular portfolio.

Draft Submission - Due mid-August 2022

Nominees prepare a draft of the 40 page submission following the guidelines from the Honors and Awards Department. The AIANY Fellows Committee will review and comment.

Final Submission - To be announced. Usually due early October

Full instructions and links will be available at the AIA National website Fellowship section.

Fellows Candidates Notified of Jury Decisions - February each year

Nominees who submit in October 2021 are expected to be notified by email coming from the Honors and Awards Department in Washington, DC, in February 2022.  They will be honored with a local reception on March 24, 2022.


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