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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 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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2020 New Fellows

  • Alexandra Barker, FAIA
    BAAO Architects
  • James Braddock, FAIA
    Mitchell Giurgola
  • Madeline Burke-Vigeland, FAIA
  • Stephen Cassell, FAIA
    Architecture Research Office (ARO)
  • Brendan Coburn, FAIA
    CWB Architects
  • Susannah Drake, FAIA, FASLA
    DLANDstudio Architecture + Landscape Architecture
  • Scott Henson, FAIA
    Scott Henson Architect
  • Stephan Jaklitsch, FAIA
    Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects
  • Andrew Knox, FAIA
  • Vivian Lee, FAIA
    Woods Bagot
  • Erik L'Heureux, FAIA
    National University of Singapore
  • Sara Lopergolo, FAIA
    Selldorf Architects
  • Scott Marble, FAIA
    Marble Fairbanks Architects
  • Porie Saikia, FAIA
    Metropolitan Transit Authority
  • Barbara Spandorf, FAIA
    The City University of New York
  • Joseph Tanney, FAIA
  • Jay Valgora, FAIA
    STUDIO V Architecture
  • Robert Whitlock, FAIA
  • Stephen Yablon, FAIA
    Stephen Yablon Architecture

2020 Fellows Committee

  • Frances P. Huppert, FAIA, Co-Chair
  • Jeffrey Murphy, FAIA, Co-Chair
  • Ann Marie Baranowski, FAIA
  • John Cetra, FAIA
  • Robert Eisenstat, FAIA
  • Lisa Gould, FAIA

How to Become A Fellow

Call for Recommendations - Due February 14, 2020

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 April 6, 2020

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 2020 for candidates, sponsors, or others who wish to attend. If you are unable to attend the seminar, you can watch the video of the prior year event using the button below and the password: FAIA2020.  The slide deck and handouts will be posted shortly.

Nominees Selected - Due May 8, 2020

Committee will notifiy individuals in mid-May if they have been nominated by the Chapter for 2020 submission and 2021 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 2007-2019; contact Suzanne Mecs (212-358-6115 or if you would like to recieve a particular portfolio.

Draft Submission - Due August 13, 2020

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

Final Submission - Due October 13, 2020 5 pm eastern

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

Fellows Candidates Notified of Jury Decisions - February 18, 2020 and February 2021

Nominees who submit in October 2020 are expected to be notified by email coming from the Honors and Awards Department in Washington, DC, in February 2021.  They will be honored at the 2021 Conference on Architecture in Philadelphia, PA in May 2021 and with a local reception in March 2021.


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