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AIA College of Fellows


About the College of Fellows

The AIA College of Fellows seeks to stimulate a sharing of interests among Fellows, promote the purposes of the Institute, advance the profession of architecture, mentor young architects, and be of ever-increasing service to society.The College of Fellows, founded in 1952, is composed of members of the Institute who are elected to Fellowship by a jury of their peers. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member. Elevation to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual but also elevates before the public and the profession those architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and to society.

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Class of 2016

Meet the 2016 Elevated Fellows

Elevation to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level, achieving a standard of excellence in the profession.

The 2015 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated 147 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows. Out of a total AIA membership of over 85,000 there are over 3,200 members distinguished with this honor.

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Fellows Newsletter

The Fellowscope has a new home and face. Check out the the December 2015 issue by clicking the link below.

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The College of Fellows Fund enables grants fostering the mission of young architects and associates on their path to licensure as well as the prestigious Latrobe Prize for scientific research.

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EP Component Grant


Emerging Professionals Component Grant 

The College of Fellows awarded a total of $19,400 in funding to support component Emerging Professionals programs in 2015. The 2016 submission deadline is Friday, May 27th. For questions please email

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2015 Grant Recipients» 

Fellows Directory


College of Fellows Directory 

The College of Fellows Red Book Directory is now available online! Visit the Directory here.

Going forward, The Directory will be updated annually. Please email to place a hard copy order. Books will be sold for $75 + shipping. 2007 copies are available for $25 + shipping.


Fellowscope is the newsletter for all members of the AIA College of Fellows.

2015:    January 120 | April 121 August 122 October 123 

2014:    January 110 | February 111 | April 112 | May 113 | July 114  
            September 115 | October 116 | November 117 | December 118
            December 119

2013:    January 101 | February 102 | April 103 | May 104 | July 105
            September 106 | October 107 | November 108 | December 109 

2012:    January 92 | February 93 |April 94 | May 95 | June 96 | August 97
            October 98 | November 99 | December 100

2011:    January 83 | February 84 | March 85 | June 86 | July 87
            August 88 | October 89 | November 90 | December 91


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Emerging Professional Component Grants

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. 

The College of Fellows awarded a total of $19,400 in funding to support component Emerging Professionals programs in 2015. The 2016 submission window closer Friday, May 27th. Applications should be submitted to 

View the 2016 Submission Guidelines

View the 2015 recipients

Latrobe Prize

The Latrobe Prize is a biennial $100,000 award from the AIA College of Fellows to support a two-year program of research selected by jury review. The grant, named for architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, is awarded for research leading to significant advances in the architecture profession.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows selected a team led by Woodbury University's Arid Lands Institute for its “Drylands Resilience Initiative: Digital Tools for Sustainable Urban Design in Arid and Semi-Arid Urban Centers” to receive the 2015 Latrobe Prize. Read more about the 2015 Latrobe Prize Recipient here.

View Past Recipients: 2001 2003 2005 | 2007 | 2009 | 2011 | 2013 2015 |PDF History

Leslie N. Boney Spirit of Fellowship Award

The award recognizes continuous, exceptional service and dedication to the AIA College of Fellows.

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Chancellor’s Cup at the AIA Convention                                   

2012 Chancellor’s Cup First Place Team: L to R: Allen Wronowski, Ron Skaggs, FAIA, Norman Koonce, FAIA, Donald Trump, Bill Stanley, FAIA, Al Rubeling, FAIA, and Thom Penney, FAIA.

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The College of Fellows Fund enables grants fostering the mission of young architects and associates on their path to licensure as well as the prestigious Latrobe Prize for scientific research.

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Fellowship Information

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Fellowship List (since 2005) | Honorary Fellowship List (since 2005)

Considering Applying for Fellowship in AIA?

AIA New Orleans has a fellowship Committee available to answer your questions and guide you through the process! For contact information click here.

AIA Professional Architect Mentoring Webinar Series

In order to foster the success of our EMERGING PROFESSIONALS; increase professional enthusiasm; attract and retain talented, diverse and committed architects; and perpetuate a thriving profession, The College of Fellows and the Young Architects Forum are sponsoring the development of a new, easy-to-participate webinar series to foster mentoring in the profession.

COF Executive Committee Service Overview

A general discussion of the duties and obligations associated with serving on the Executive Committee and the offices of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Read Overview.

College of Fellows Jewelry

Need to purchase a Fellows pin? Visit the AIA bookstore and purchase COF jewelry online. You may also contact the AIA Bookstore at 1-800-242-3837 option 4.

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