The American Institute of Architects Elevates Seven Local Architects to the College of Fellows

AIA Chicago Fellow 2024

AIA Chicago Fellow 2024


CHICAGO – March 1, 2024The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is elevating seven members from AIA Chicago to its prestigious College of Fellows, AIA’s highest membership honor, for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society.

The fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Architects who have been elevated to fellowship can be identified by the designation FAIA after their name.

Included in the list below are the newly elevated members from AIA Chicago:

Tom Basset-Dilley, FAIA,
TBDA, Ltd.
Object 2, Practice Management, Technical Advancement

Through pioneering design, public engagement, and advocacy, Tom Bassett-Dilley has advanced sustainability in architecture. His proof-of-concept decarbonization projects are examples for architects, owners, and policymakers working toward a clean energy built environment.

Nicholas Cameron, FAIA,
Object 2, Practice Management, Technical Advancement

Nick Cameron, a trailblazer, develops impactful digital strategies and software. His innovative processes yield healthy and impactful design solutions, benefiting communities worldwide. A global collaborator, he drives the digital transformation of the profession.

Drew Deering, FAIA,
Moody Nolan
Object 3, Led the Institute

Drew Deering is a catalytic AIA leader. His prolific career in leadership has paved the way for national, regional, and local milestones and his passion for advocacy and diversity shines on the communities he serves.

Maria A. Pellot Peraza, FAIA,
UrbanWorks, Ltd.
Object 1, Design

Maria Pellot designs for change. As an Architect and Planner committed to equity through thoughtful civic interventions across scale and typology, she crafts design solutions within context and culture to elevate shared community experiences.

Jonathan Solomon, FAIA,
Preservation Futures
Object 6, Education

Committed to the past, present, and future of the built environment, Jonathan Solomon advances the profession of architecture as an educator, curator, and preservationist to support the next generation to thrive in their careers

Ann Thompson, FAIA,
Related Midwest
Object 5, Alternative Career

A unique advocate architect and real estate leader, Ann Thompson paves new pathways for design excellence by pioneering an integrated building model and trailblazing for diversity and equity, resulting in more inclusive, connected urban communities.

Roderic K. Walton, FAIA,
Moody Nolan
Object 5, Service to Society

Relentlessly advocating for the marginalized, Roderic Walton evolves the practice of architecture by leading  stakeholders to truthfully reckon with history to advance  healthcare equity and catalyze next-generation architects

New fellows will be honored at the AIA Awards Gala, June 7, 2024, at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., and at an AIA Chicago Third Thursdays program to be announced.

Learn more about fellowship on AIA Chicago’s website.
About AIA Chicago

The American Institute of Architects Chicago (AIA Chicago) serves nearly 4,000 architect members in Chicago and is the second largest AIA local chapter in the country. AIA Chicago’s mission builds on the city’s architectural legacy by advocating for the profession, sharing knowledge among members, and partnering with communities. It fosters a culture of design excellence for equitable, sustainable places and spaces.

AIA Chicago offers lectures and continuing education courses; specialized, issue-specific Knowledge Communities; advocacy for architects; and help for consumers looking for an architect.
AIA Chicago is the local Chicago chapter of The American Institute of Architects. Based in Washington, D.C., the AIA has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857. Learn more by visiting

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