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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 AIA National by their assigned chapter.

See the AIANY Fellows Directory here >

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

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2019 New Fellows

  • Raya Ani, FAIA
    RAW-NYC Architects
  • Kai-Uwe Bergmann, FAIA
    BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Joseph Brancato, FAIA
  • Stephen Cassell, FAIA
    Architecture Research Office (ARO)
  • Jared Della Valle, FAIA
  • Melissa DelVecchio, FAIA
    Robert A.M. Stern Architects
  • Bruce Eisenberg, FAIA
    New York City Housing Authority
  • Nicholas Garrison, FAIA
    HLW International
  • John Gering, FAIA
    HLW International
  • Sandra McKee, FAIA
    Yoshihara Mckee Architect
  • Julia Monk, FAIA
  • Lyn Rice, FAIA
    Rice+Lipka Architects
  • Mary Elizabeth Rusz, FAIA
    New York City Housing Authority
  • Joel Sanders, FAIA
    Joel Sanders, Architect
  • Dennis Wedlick, FAIA
    BarlisWedlick Architects
  • Andrew Whalley, FAIA
    Grimshaw Architects
  • Richard Yancey, FAIA
    Building Energy Exchange

2019 Fellows Committee

  • Frances P. Huppert, FAIA, Co-Chair
  • Jeffrey Murphy, FAIA, Co-Chair
  • Ann Marie Baranowski, FAIA
  • Nicole Dosso, FAIA
  • Lisa Gould, FAIA
  • Terrence E. O’Neal, FAIA

How to Become A Fellow

Call for Recommendations - Due February 14, 2019

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 by email or post: 

AIANY Fellows Committe
c/o Membership
536 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012

Portfolio Submissions - Due March 29, 2019

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 in February 2019 for candidates, sponsors, or others who wish to attend. If you are unable to attend the seminar, you can watch the video of the event using the button below.

Download the 2019 Demystifying Fellowship Presentation and Resources PDF.

Nominees Selected - Due May 6, 2019

Committee will notifiy individuals in mid-May if they have been nominated by the Chapter for 2019 submission and 2020 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 2007-2017; contact Suzanne Mecs (212-358-6115 or if you would like to recieve a particular portfolio.

Draft Submission - Due August 16, 2019

Nominees prepare a draft submission and deliver it to the AIANY Fellows Committee by for review and comment.

Final Submission - Due October 1, 2019

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

Fellows Candidates Notified of Jury Decisions - February 18, 2020

Nominees are notified by email coming from the Honors and Awards Department in Washington, DC. Those elevated will be honored at the 2020 AIA Conference on Architecture in Los Angeles, May 14-16, 2020 and at a local reception in March 2020.


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