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Elevation to College

  • 1.  Elevation to College

    Posted 03-21-2019 13:14

    Would it be acceptable to our College to allow for the proposal of a deceased AIA architect for elevation to the College of Fellows?





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  • 2.  RE: Elevation to College

    Posted 03-22-2019 17:42
    ​The rules state that the person must be a member. Once they are deceased they no longer are members.
    Also the amount of effort to put the submission together is probably not something someone else might want to do on someone else's behalf.

    David Swartz FAIA
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    Santa Monica CA

  • 3.  RE: Elevation to College

    Posted 03-23-2019 17:45
    Agree that membership must have been sustained throughout their working life. If someone died whilst a member and a colleague or family member were motivated to seek Fellow status posthumously, might that be permissible?

  • 4.  RE: Elevation to College

    Posted 03-22-2019 18:06
    Seems to me, we have awarded the Gold Medal to architects posthumously. Is elevation considered an honor award? If so then it might be possible provided someone want to put in the time and work to do it.

    Judson A. Kline, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP
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  • 5.  RE: Elevation to College

    Posted 03-25-2019 17:23

    I am in agreement that a posthumous elevation should be doable.

    I would not preclude it.




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  • 6.  RE: Elevation to College

    Posted 03-22-2019 18:32
    Julia Morgan, the first woman to receive the AIA Gold Medal, was elevated to Fellow posthumously.  Apparently a prerequisite for the Gold Medal is to be a Fellow.  By the way, the Gold Medal was also awarded posthumously.

    Helen Kessler FAIA
    HJ Kessler Associates, Inc.
    Chicago IL

  • 7.  RE: Elevation to College

    Posted 03-23-2019 17:48
    That's true and by the way took too long to do, but's it's an awfully high bar to set for posthumous FAIA, ie Gold medal recipient.

  • 8.  RE: Elevation to College

    Posted 03-25-2019 18:02
    Hello Helen

    Posthumous fellowship may be a separate category. It makes no difference to the dead, and probably should not be a concern for the COF.

    Julia Morgan on the other hand should have been recognized while she was living. AIA is making progress regarding gender and racial equality…but far too slowly.

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  • 9.  RE: Elevation to College

    Posted 03-25-2019 01:16
    Charles, my first post: You raise an interesting point about posthumous eligibility for Fellowship. I am interested in knowing whether you have someone in mind.

    But regardless, it is a very interesting point. I think it concurrently elevates the importance of an architect’s "Hippocratic Oath” as it might apply to moral issues such as Meier:

    When a person is dead and enough time has gone by, there is a certain comfort in already knowing everything there is or ever can be known about that individual. The Meier controversy, by contrast, seems to be a reverse situation where bad things have come to light later in life - things that may have prevented Fellowship in the first place.

    That would be an interesting “test” of your idea. If Fellowship can be taken away from a member, why can’t it be bestowed posthumously for an individual (like Julia Morgan or Paul R. Williams (or Jane Coulter)) for whom recognition was impossible during their lifetimes and whose real accomplishments were only understood by the profession after their lifetimes.

    Interesting dilemma!
    James G. Spencer, Architect, FAIA