2017 AIANY Fellows Committee Process

Advancement to the AIA College of Fellows is granted for significant achievement in design, preservation, education, literature and service. It honors architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Architects who have been members for 10 or more years are eligible for consideration.  Most candidates are nominated to submit to the National by their assigned chapter.  

The schedule for the AIA New York nomination and submission process is outlined to the right with more detail about each step below.

All those interested in being Elevated to the College of Fellows should refer to the AIA National website pages for National Jury's overview of the College of Fellows, submission guidelines, and links to past recipients.

As a local resource, a seminar, "What Does it Take to Become FAIA?", was held on February 9, 2017, for candidates, sponsors, or others. Participants and others had the opportunity to meet and ask questions of this Chapter's Fellows committee.

If you were unable to attend February 9th, you can download view the program tape here (use the password: 2017AIAny!).

Fellows Committee Role

The AIA New York Chapter Fellows Committee consists of 6 elected members of the chapter.  The Committee's role is to:

  • Facilitate the Fellowship candidacy process at the AIA New York Chapter level.
  • Invite, assess, and recommend candidates for Chapter Board approval and subsequent nomination to review by the national jury.
  • Provide informal advice to candidates throughout the entire submission process as needed.

2017 Fellows Committee Members
Mary A. Burke, FAIA, IIDA, Chair
Nicole M. Dosso, FAIA
James McCullar, FAIA
Terrence E. O'Neal, FAIA
Gabriel Smith, FAIA
William Stein, FAIA
Staff Support: Suzanne Mecs, smecs@aiany.org

Steps in the College of Fellows Nomination and Selection Process

Step 1. Call for Recommendations
DEADLINE: February 17, 2017

The AIA New York Chapter Fellows Committee is now accepting recommendations for nominees to fellowship from our chapter. Recommendations can be either self-referrals or with the support of another AIA member.  A recommendation from a Chapter Fellow is particularly appreciated.

Referrals should be sent by post or email to: AIANY Fellows Committee c/o Suzanne Mecs (smecs@aiany.org).

Candidates who are recommended and meet the membership requirements will receive an invitation to submit a portfolio outlining their achievements for review by the committee. From the submissions, the committee will select the Chapter's Nominees for the 2017/2018 Fellows selection cycle.


Step 2: Portfolio Submissions due in March 29, 2017
Individuals who are invited to submit a portfolio should review the National College of Fellows web page to fully understand what will be needed to submit to the National College of Fellows Jury. 

The requirements for the portfolio will be posted here when finalized and sent via email as an invitation to candidates recommended.

Questions about Porfolio Submissions can be addressed to Suzanne Mecs, staff administrator for the committee.
Any FAQ's will be posted here after the call for portfolios is released.

Step 3. Notification and Preparation
Committee will notifiy individuals in mid-May if they have been nominated by the Chapter for 2017 submission and 2018 Jury consideration.  Nominees are asked to identify their sponsors as soon as possible.  The nominee, their adminstrative support and sponsor are invited to a submission preparation Workshop which will be held in June to review the submission requirements and best practices.

The National Honors and Awards department maintains a wealth of information on the Fellows section of their web site. Including samples of past successfull submissions via the web or by inquiry to the national archivist.

• The AIA National Archive and website can provide access to successful submissions.  The Chapter also has some electronic copies from 2007-2014 contact Suzanne Mecs if you would like to recieve a particular portfolio, 212-358-6115; smecs@aiany.org.


Step 4. Nominees prepare a draft submission and deliver to the New York Chapter Committee by September 6, 2017 for review and comment.

Step 5. Final Submission is uploaded to the National AIA Honors and Awards Department.
Deadline will be in October 13, 2017, 5:00 pm EST. Full instructions and links will be available at AIA National website Fellows pages in Summer 2017.


Step 6. National AIA Jury reviews and decides in late January, 2018
Nominees are usually notified in early February and will be honored at the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture.






2017 Fellows Committee Work Timeline
(as of Jan. 26, 2017; some dates may be subject to change)

Call for Recommendations Issued: January 25, 2017
What Does it Take to Become FAIA Seminar: February 9, 2017 (RSVP)
Recommendations Due to Chapter: February 17, 2017
Portfolio invitation and requirements circulated: March 1, 2017

Initial Portfolios Due to Chapter: March 29, 2017
Committee Review: April, 2017
Chapter Nominee Invitations: by May 8, 2017
Nominee Workshop: June 9, 2017
Draft Submission due for Chapter Review: September 6, 2017
Final Submissions due to National Jury: October 13, 2017, 5:00 pm EST
Jury of Fellows meets: late January 2018.

New Fellows

18 members of our chapter have been elevated to the College of Fellows for 2017. Join us to celebrate the following new Fellows at a reception on March 13, 2017 at the Center for Architecture:

Ann Marie Baranowski, FAIA, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Patrick J. Burke, FAIA, Columbia University, Capital Projects Management
John Cetra, FAIA, CetraRuddy Architecture DPC
William H. Cunningham, FAIA, Cornell University Medical Coll.
Robert Eisenstat, FAIA, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Thomas Grassi, FAIA, HNTB Architecture
Gary P. Haney, FAIA, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP
Kevin Hom, FAIA, Kevin Hom Architects PC
Timothy J. Johnson, FAIA, NBBJ
Paul M. Lewis, FAIA, LTL Architects, PLLC
Daniel Libeskind, FAIA, Studio Daniel Libeskind
L. Reynolds Logan, Jr., FAIA, Richard Meier & Partners LLP
Elisabeth Martin, FAIA, MDA designgroup
Daria F. Pizzetta, FAIA, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC
Michael Plottel, FAIA, Columbia University Department of Facilities & Operations
C. Jane Smith, FAIA, IIDA, Spacesmith, LLP
Kalavati A. Somvanshi, FAIA
Howard L. Zimmerman, FAIA, Howard L. Zimmerman, Architects, P.C.



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