American Institute of Architects (AIA) Elevates Will Babbington, FAIA, to the College of Fellows


Will Babbington, FAIA, of Studio NYL, has been newly elevated to the College of Fellows, one of the highest honors bestowed by the American Institute of Architects (AIA)

My goal is always to enable and even expand the architectural vision and raise performance levels. Detail by detail, building by building, regardless of project type or scale.

Will Babbington, FAIA

Will Babington FAIA, PE, is the Façade Design Director and Principal for Studio NYL’s Skins Group, where he specializes in merging high performance and thoughtfully designed building enclosures.  As both an architect and engineer, his multidisciplinary and intensely collaborative approach have allowed realization of his clients’ architectural aspirations.

Will is also a leader in the advancement and spreading of professional knowledge throughout the industry.  He serves as National Chair of AIA’s Building Performance Knowledge Community, an AIA National representative on the ASHRAE’s 90.1 Energy Standard’s Envelope Subcommittee, the Co-Chair of Facade Tectonics Institute’s Special Advisory Council, and the Past Chair for the National Building Enclosure Council, a joint initiative of the AIA and National Institute of Building Sciences.

Will Babbington shares technologically-advanced strategies for architectural enclosures, enabling collaborators award-winning latitude in their design vision and advancing the Profession’s insight into sustainability and energy efficiency.

Fellows Jury Statement

As all of the recently elevated Fellows have done, Will prepared a preliminary submittal for the AIA Colorado Fellows Nominating Committee to review and provide comments and each were sponsored by a previously elevated Fellow themselves. After receiving a full endorsement from the Committee, their nominations were ratified by the AIA Colorado Board. The Committee is now soliciting submittals for 2024.

Upon reviewing Will’s preliminary submittal in 2022, the AIA Colorado Fellows Nominating Committee was enthusiastic about Will moving forward with a formal presentation to the AIA’s Jury of Fellows. We were delighted this year when Will was elevated to Fellowship. The formal ceremony for receiving the award this spring in Washington D.C. will be that formal recognition for a unique and exemplary career.  

Phillip H. Gerou, FAIA
Chair, 2024 AIA Colorado Fellows Nominating Committee

Only 3 percent of AIA’s 95,000 members hold this distinction and only 96 new fellows were inducted this year. 

The fellowship program was developed to elevate architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Prospective candidates must have at least 10 years of AIA architect membership and demonstrated influence in at least one of the following areas:

Fellows are selected by a seven-member Jury of Fellows. This year’s jury included Chair Lisa Lamkin, FAIA, Brown Reynolds Watford Architects, Inc; Carl D’Silva, FAIA, Perkins + Will; Sanford Garner, FAIA, RGCollaborative; Margaret McFadden Carney, FAIA, Cornell University; Pamela Rew, FAIA, KSS Architects; Anne Schopf, FAIA, Mahlum and Lourdes Solera, FAIA, MCHarry Associates.

New fellows will be honored at the AIA Awards Gala, June 7, 2024, at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. 

© AIA Colorado 2024
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