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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.

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

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2017 Fellows Committee

  • Mary A. Burke, FAIA, IIDA, Chair
  • Nicole M. Dosso, FAIA
  • James McCullar, FAIA
  • Terrence E. O’Neal, FAIA
  • Gabriel Smith, FAIA
  • William Stein, FAIA

2017 Fellows

  • Ann Marie Baranowski, FAIA
    Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
  • Patrick J. Burke, FAIA
    Columbia University, Capital Projects Management
  • John Cetra, FAIA
    CetraRuddy Architecture DPC
  • William H. Cunningham, FAIA
    Cornell University Medical College
  • Robert Eisenstat, FAIA
    Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Thomas Grassi, FAIA
    HNTB Architecture
  • Gary P. Haney, FAIA
    Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP
  • Kevin Hom, FAIA
    Kevin Hom Architects PC
  • Timothy J. Johnson, FAIA
  • Paul M. Lewis, FAIA
    LTL Architects, PLLC
  • Daniel Libeskind, FAIA
    Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • L. Reynolds Logan, Jr., FAIA
    Richard Meier & Partners LLP
  • Elisabeth Martin, FAIA
    MDA designgroup
  • Daria F. Pizzetta, FAIA
    H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC
  • Michael Plottel, FAIA
    Colombia University Department of Facilities & Operations
  • C. Jane Smith, FAIA, IIDA
    Spacesmith, LLP
  • Kalavati A. Somvanshi, FAIA
  • Howard L. Zimmerman, FAIA
    Howard L. Zimmerman, Architects, P.C

How to Become A Fellow

Call for Recommendations - Due February 17, 2017

The AIA New York Chapter Fellows Committee is now accepting recommendations for local nominees for Fellowship. Recommendations can be either self-referrals or 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, 2017

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?", was held on February 9, 2017, for candidates, sponsors, or others. If you were unable to attend the seminar, you can watch a video of the event (password: 2017AIAny!).

Nominees Selected - Due May 8, 2017

Committee will notifiy individuals in mid-May if they have been nominated by the Chapter for 2017 submission and 2018 Jury consideration. Nominees are asked to identify their sponsors as soon as possible. The nominee, their adminstrative support, and sponsor 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 web site. Including samples of past successfull submissions via the web or by inquiry to the national archivist.

The AIA National Archive and website can provide access to successful submissions. The Chapter also has some electronic copies from 2007-2014; contact Suzanne Mecs if you would like to recieve a particular portfolio; 212-358-6115;

Draft Submission - Due September 6, 2017

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

Final Submission - Due October 13, 2017 @5:00pm ET

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

New Fellows Contacted - Early February, 2018

Nominees are usually notified in early February and will be honored at the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture.


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