AIA Los Angeles Congratulates Our New Fellows for 2016

AIA Los Angeles is honored and pleased to announce that thirteen of our 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 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia. Our Los Angeles Fellows will also be honored locally at a private reception.

AIA also thanks our 2015-16 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 241 candidates this year nationwide, 149 were elevated to Fellow. You can view a list of all the new Fellows nationwide at

Presenting Our 2016 AIA LA Fellows


About the College of Fellows

This year, 149 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 3300 of the AIA's 88,000 members are Fellows. This year, 241 candidates were nominated across the country, of which 149 became Fellows. In California, 23 new Fellows were elevated, out of 48 nominees.

This year’s jury was composed of:  Diane Georgopulos, FAIA, Chair, Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency; Steve Crane, FAIA - VCBO;  Marleen Kay Davis, FAIA, University of Tennessee; Mary Katherine (Mary Kay) Lanzillotta, FAIA, Hartman Cox Architects; David Messersmith, FAIA, University of Texas; Mary Katherine (Mary Kay) Lanzillotta, FAIA - Hartman Cox Architects (Washington, DC); Karen V. Nichols, FAIA, Michael Graves & Associates; Donald T. Yoshino, FAIA - Yoshino Architecture, PA.

Architect members in good standing 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. 


Last updated: 20-Feb-2016 10:06 AM
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