By Phil Gerou, FAIA, Fellows Nominating Committee Chair
Being elected to the AIA’s College of Fellows is the highest individual honor that the American Institute of Architects bestows on members, short of the Institute’s Gold Medal. Elevation to Fellowship is recognition of an exemplary career having broad impact on the profession. In Colorado, 101 of our members have been elevated to Fellowship.
Starting in January, the AIA Colorado/College of Fellows Nominating Committee will be meeting to discuss strategies of assuring recognition for our members and identify potential nominees. The committee will meet again in March to review preliminary submittals from members. We will be reviewing and assisting those who have submitted in the past and will identify and encourage those who have not. Our task will be to recognize nominees who have the best expectation of advancing to Fellowship and present them to the AIA Colorado Board for the board’s endorsement and nomination ratification.
Keep in mind that elevation to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect, but also elevates before the public and the profession those architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and to society. Contributions can be made in design, preservation, planning, practice management, service to the profession through the AIA or other organizations, service to society or humanity – or a combination of these categories. The impact of those efforts usually extends well beyond local boundaries and often has influence regionally or nationally.
If you are interested in finding out more about the College of Fellows or our local committee’s process or schedule, you are invited to attend our “Demystifying Fellowship” program at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5 at the AIA Colorado office. Preliminary submittals will be due for the committee to review by 5 p.m. on March 11.