College of Fellows

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Who We Are

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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What We Do

The purpose of the AIA College of Fellows is to stimulate a sharing of interests among Fellows, to promote the purposes of the Institute, to advance the profession of architecture, to mentor young architects, and to be of ever-increasing service to society. The College of Fellows administer numerous grants and awards, and prizes that all aim to achieve this stated mission. 

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Become an AIA 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.
  • Tuesday, May 7, 2024, 5:00pm Central: Chapter nomination submission deadline
  • Monday, June 24, 2024: AIA national Fellowship application portal opens
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2024, 6:00pm Central: AIA Chicago Submitting for Fellowship Presentation. VIEW THE RECORDING
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2024, 6:00pm Central: Fellowship Storytelling Workshop REGISTER
  • Wednesday, October 9, 2024: AIA national submission deadline

2023 AIA Chicago Fellows

 The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is elevating 73 member-architects to its College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the architecture profession, including five AIA Chicago members:

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Sara Beardsley, FAIA

Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB)

Object 2, Practice (Technical Achievement)

Headshot of David Block, FAIA

David Block, FAIA

Evergreen Real Estate Group

Object 5, Alternative Career

Headshot of Xuan Fu, FAIA
Xuan Fu, FAIA

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

Object 2, Practice (Management)

Headshot of Mark Schwamel, FAIA
Mark Schwamel, FAIA

Ware Malcomb

Object 3, Led the Institute

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Mark Walsh, FAIA


Object 2, Practice (Technical Advancement)

2024 AIA Chicago Fellows

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is elevating 7 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.

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Tom Bassett-Dilley, FAIA

TBDA, Ltd.
Object 2, Practice, Technical Advancement


Nicholas Cameron, FAIA

Object 2, Practice, Technical Advancement


Drew Deering, FAIA

Moody Nolan
Object 3, Led the Institute


Maria A. Pellot Peraza, FAIA

UrbanWorks, Ltd.
Object 1, Design


Jonathan Solomon, FAIA

Preservation Chicago
Object 6, Education


Ann Thompson, FAIA

Related Midwest
Object 5, Alternative Career


Roderic K. Walton, FAIA

Moody Nolan
Object 5, Service to Society

Opportunities the College of Fellows Administers

Administered through the national AIA College of Fellows and their Executive Committee, the following opportunities are aim to advance the profession.

The College of Fellows has established a grants fund to assist AIA components in the development of programs which foster the mission of Young Architects and Associates. These funds may be used to enhance the activities of an existing Emerging Professionals group or as seed money to help start a new one. Because one of the goals of the component grants program is to make Emerging Professionals groups a vital component activity, an explanation or demonstration of component commitment and support is essential.

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