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Fellow of the American Institute of Architects

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Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) is a postnominal title or membership, designating an individual who has been named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Fellowship is bestowed by the institute on AIA-member architects who have made outstanding contributions to the profession through design excellence, contributions in the field of architectural education, or to the advancement of the profession. In 2014, fewer than 3,200 of the more than 80,000 AIA members were fellows.[citation needed] Honorary Fellowship (Hon. FAIA) is awarded to foreign (non-U.S. citizen) architects, and to non-architects who have made substantial contributions to the field of architecture or to the institute.


Fellowship is awarded in one of six categories:

  • Design
  • Practice management or technical advancement
  • Leadership
  • Public service
  • Volunteer work or service to society
  • Education and research[1][2]


Membership in the American Institute of Architects was originally divided into two categories, Professional and Associate, with the former largely corresponding to the later title of Fellow. This title was first proposed in 1864 by Calvert Vaux, and by at least 1867 was in common use. Earlier Professional members, including several of the founders, began using the title at this time, and prior Professional members are now considered Fellows. During this period, the title was considered a senior rather than honorary title. In 1889, the AIA was merged with the Western Association of Architects (WAA), which had designated all of its members Fellows. Upon the merger, WAA members kept their title and all existing AIA members were raised to Fellowship. Beginning in 1890, Fellowship was the primary form of membership in the AIA, in addition to "Honorary and Corresponding" members, who, as in the present, were non-architects or foreign nationals.[3]

In 1898, the AIA returned to a two-tier membership system of Fellows and Associates, with significant requirements for election to Fellowship and the final decision left to the AIA Board of Directors. It is from this point forward that designation as a Fellow is considered a formal honor. Beginning in 1922, Fellows were elected by a Jury of Fellows, then nominated by the President, and now by the Secretary. In 1952 the present College of Fellows was established to formally represent Fellows within the larger organization.[3]

Notable Fellows[edit]

Architects recognized with FAIA include:


  1. ^ "The Path to Fellowship 2022 by AIA College of Fellows – Issuu". issuu.com. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  2. ^ "Fellowship – AIA". aia.org. Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  3. ^ a b College of Fellows History & Directory, 2017 ed. (Washington: American Institute of Architects, 2017)
  4. ^ "Honoring Charles H. Atherton, FAIA 1932–2005".
  5. ^ archdaily.com Peter Bohlin
  6. ^ "AIA Elevates 116 to Fellow". info.aia.org. Retrieved 2020-07-06.
  7. ^ Graves was also a recipient of an AIA Gold Medal (2001) and an AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion (2010). See: Phil Patton (May 5, 2015). "Michael Graves Awarded National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement". DesignApplause. Retrieved February 21, 2018. Also: "Michael Graves". Princeton University School of Architecture. March 12, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  8. ^ David Hertz, FAIA
  9. ^ "Gold Medalist Philip Johnson, 98, Retires from Practice". American Institute of Architects. October 2004.
  10. ^ perkinseastman.com Executive Directors
  11. ^ College of Fellows: History & Directory. The American Institute of Architects. 2000. p. 86.
  12. ^ Romo, Vanessa (March 12, 2023). "Very few architects are Black. This woman is pushing to change that". NPR.
  13. ^ Woollen was also a recipient of the AIA Indiana's Gold Medal Award. See "2016 AIA Indiana Service Award Winners". AIA Indiana. Retrieved December 18, 2016.

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