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.

Individuals who have been Architect level 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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2023 New Fellows

  • Craig Copeland, FAIA
    Pelli Clarke & Partners
  • Neil Katz, FAIA
    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Varun Kohli, FAIA
    Batter Park City Authority
  • Gregg Pasquarelli, FAIA
    SHoP Architects
  • Jeremy R.M. Shannon, FAIA
    NYC School Construction Authority

2023 Fellows Committee

  • Venesa Alicea-Chuqui, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP
  • Mary Burnham, FAIA
  • Joann Gonchar, FAIA, LEED AP, co-chair
  • Laura Heim, FAIA, LEED AP, co-chair
  • Stephan W. Jaklitsch, FAIA
  • Margaret Rietveld, FAIA
  • Porie Saikia, FAIA, FCIOB, RIBA
  • Gregory Switzer, AIA, NOMA, NCARB

How to Become A Fellow

Call for Recommendations Due February 11, 2023

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 Friday, April 7, 2023

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 2023 portfolio can also be downloaded here.

As a local resource, the seminar What Does it Take to Become FAIA? was held on Friday, February 17. If you wre unable to attend the seminar, you may find the 2023 video helpful. You may also request the 2023 slide deck by emailing Suzanne Mecs at

Nominees Selected Notified in early May 2023

Committee will notifiy individuals in mid-May if they have been nominated by the Chapter for 2023 submission and 2024 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 individuals elevated between 2007-2022; contact Suzanne Mecs (212-358-6115 or if you would like to recieve a particular portfolio.

Fellows Workshop June 1, 2023

On June 1, 2023 the AIA New York Fellows Committee will host a morning workshop for nominees who are working on a Fellows submission to the College of Fellows Jury. We will review the requirements and provide insight based on experience with prior candidates. Details and registration to the event will be taken on the AIA New York Calendar starting about four weeks prior to the event.

Draft Submission Due August 11, 2023

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

New 2023 members of the College of Fellows were announced in February, their investiture will take place during the 2023 Conference on Architecture in San Franciso, CA. They will be honored with a local reception on March 23, 2023.

Nominees who submit in October 2023 are expected to be notified by email coming from the Honors and Awards Department in Washington, DC, in February 2024.  


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