By Phil Gerou, FAIA; 2019 AIA Colorado/College of Fellows Nominating Committee

27ef868543abf9c4e16439c1aeb8f0bdBeing 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 having an exemplary career that has had broad impact on the profession. In Colorado, 101 of our members have been elevated to Fellowship. This past year, we were fortunate to have four new Fellows from Colorado; Stuart Coppedge, FAIA, Rick Peterson, FAIA, Tania Salgado, FAIA and Chris Shears, FAIA.

Starting in January, the AIA Colorado/College of Fellows Nominating Committee will be meeting to discuss strategies of assuring recognition for our members and to 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 chance of advancing to Fellowship. We will then present them to the AIA Colorado Board for 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—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 Tuesday, February 5th at the AIA Colorado office. Preliminary submittals will be due for the Committee to review on March 13th at 5:00 PM. If you have specific questions, please feel free to email or call 303.674.4177. You may also contact Megan Concannon at the AIA office at 303.446.2266.