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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2022 New Fellows

  • Victor Body-Lawson, FAIA
    Body-Lawson Architect PC
  • Lori Brown, FAIA
    Syracuse University
  • Michael Cetera, FAIA
  • Jonathan J. Cohn, FAIA
  • Anne Holford-Smith, FAIA
    Platt Byard Dovell White Architects
  • Kimberly K. Yao, FAIA
    Architecture Research Office LLP
  • Stas Zakrewski, FAIA
    Zakrzewski & Hyde Architects

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, LEED AP
  • 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 April 7, 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 can also be downloaded here and are also sent via email to all members believed to have met the minimum eligiblity requirements of 10 or more years of Architect level membership in the AIA. 

As a local resource, a seminar, "Demystifying Fellowship", was held on February 22, 2022 for candidates, sponsors, or others. If you were unable to attend the seminar, you can watch the video using the button below.  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 August 12, 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

2022 members of the College of Fellows have been announced, their investiture will take place during the 2022 Conference on Architecture in Chicago, IL.

Nominees who submit in October 2022 are expected to be notified by email coming from the Honors and Awards Department in Washington, DC, in February 2023.  They will be honored with a local reception In March 2023.


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