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AIA Fellows are recognized with the AIA’s highest membership honor for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. Architects who have made significant contributions to the profession and society and who exemplify architectural excellence can become a member of the AIA College of Fellows. Only 3% of the AIA members have this distinction.

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Become a Fellow

Licensed architects who have distinguished themselves in the categories of design, practice, education, or service in the community, and who have at least 10 years of cumulative AIA membership are eligible applicants for Fellowship. You can read more about the Fellowship Categories here. Please note that the Chicago chapter only has the ability to nominate AIA Chicago members.

If you are interested in AIA Chicago nominating you for Fellowship, and have not been nominated before, please submit the following materials to AIA Chicago:

  • Resume/CV (PDF)

  • Selection of supporting material (PDF, max 10MB)

  • Denote which Fellowship Object/Category the candidate is pursuing and why

  • Clear information on how the individual’s work has had ripple effects beyond the immediate firm and primary area of work, specifically in regard to the Object/Category selected

  • Careful separation of the individual’s work from any firm’s work

  • Documented involvement and contribution to the AIA in some fashion

  • List of broader contributions, even if not directly related to the Object/Category, such as mentorship, writing, teaching, or community involvement

  • Careful review of AIA national’s Fellow requirements to assure that the individual will ultimately be able to comply

View a successful nomination submission.

Questions? Contact Steve Riforgiato, Director of Membership and Data Analytics

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