AIA Los Angeles Congratulates Our New Fellows for 2015

AIA Los Angeles is honored and pleased to announce that ten of our AIA LA members have been elevated to Fellowship (FAIA.)

Fellowship celebrates those architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and whose work has had a profound influence or ripple effect. Election to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual, but also honors before the public and the profession a model architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

The new Fellows will be honored at the investiture ceremony during the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta. Our Los Angeles Fellows will also be honored locally at a private reception.

AIA also thanks our 2014-15 Fellows Nominating & Mentoring Committee, and everyone who supported our nominees as sponsors, reference letter writers and mentors. Their experience, advice and encouragement are crucial to a successful nomination, and are much appreciated.

Out of 239 candidates this year nationwide, 147 were elevated to Fellow. You can view a list of all the new Fellows nationwide at

Presenting Our 2015 AIA LA Fellows

Gail Borden, FAIA
USC School of Architecture /
Borden Partnership

Neil Denari, FAIA
Neil M. Denari Architects

Julie Eizenberg, FAIA
Koning Eizenberg

Margaret Griffin, FAIA
Griffin Enright Architects

Sharon L. Johnston, FAIA
Johnston Marklee

Janis Kent, FAIA
Stepping Thru Accessibility

Kapil Dev Malik, FAIA

William J. Schmalz, FAIA

Cory M. Ticktin, FAIA

Jonathan R. Ward, FAIA

About the College of Fellows

This year, 147 members from across the country were inducted to the College of Fellows (FAIA.) The honor recognizes architect members who have made a significant contribution to the profession and to society that would not have occurred without their efforts. Ten of the new Fellows are AIA Los Angeles members.

The College of Fellows is composed of AIA Architect members who are elected to Fellowship by a jury of their peers. Each year, candidates who have been Architect members for at least ten years are nominated in one of five categories (either by their Chapter or by a group of individual members):

  • Design, Urban Design, or Preservation
  • Education, Research, Literature, or Practice
  • Leadership in the AIA and other related professional organizations
  • Public Service, Government, Industry or Organization
  • Alternative Career, Volunteer Work with Organizations Not Directly Connected with the Built Environment, or Service to Society

Nominees submit their portfolios online, including a 35-word summary statement and supporting exhibits, to the College of Fellows before the October deadline. The jury meets in January to review and vote on the submittals.

Nationwide, just over 3000 of the AIA's 80,000 members are Fellows. This year, 239 candidates were nominated across the country, of which 147 (62%) became Fellows. In California, 29 new Fellows were elevated, out of 48 nominees.

Serving on this year's jury were:

  • John Castellana, FAIA (Chair) - TMP Architecture, Inc. (Bloomfield Hills, MI)
  • Steve Crane, FAIA - VCBO (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Brian Dougherty, FAIA - Dougherty + Dougherty Architects, LLP (Costa Mesa, CA)
  • Diane Georgopulos, FAIA - Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency (Cambridge, MA)
  • Mary Katherine (Mary Kay) Lanzillotta, FAIA - Hartman Cox Architects (Washington, DC)
  • Kenneth Schwartz, FAIA - Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
  • Donald T. Yoshino, FAIA - Yoshino Architecture, PA (Boca Raton, FL)

Architect members of AIA|LA who are eligible and would like more information should send a brief email indicating their interest to Steve Tanner as soon as possible--preferably by February 13, 2015. AIA LA will be presenting a Demystifying Fellowship program on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, from 6-8pm at the Chapter Office. Everyone with an interest in Fellowship, whether for this year's process or down the road, is encouraged to attend. Details and an RSVP link are coming soon.

If you have questions about your total years of Architect membership, please contact or call 800-242-3837.

Last updated: 08-Feb-2015 09:45 PM
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