New York Chapter Fellows Committee

2015 NY Chapter Fellows Committee Process

A seminar, "Demystifying Fellowship" was held in on March 6, 2014, so candidates, sponsors, or others interested could learn more and ask questions of the committee. This is be repeated on March 17, 2015 if you miss it, you can download the handouts from 2015 here or view the video taped program form 2014 here (use the password: Fellowship2014).

Fellows Committee Role

The AIA New York Chapter Fellows Committee consists of 6 elected members of the chapter.  The Committee's role is to:

  • Facilitate the Fellowship candidacy process at the AIA New York Chapter level.
  • Invite, assess, and recommend candidates for Chapter Board approval and subsequent nomination to review by the national jury.
  • Provide informal advice to candidates throughout the entire submission process as needed.

2015 Fellows Committee Members
Stephanie Gelb, FAIA, Chair
Mary A. Burke, FAIA, IIDA
Michael F. Doyle, FAIA
Frances P. Huppert, FAIA
George H. Miller, FAIA

Staff Support: Suzanne Mecs,

Step 1. Call for Recommendations

DEADLINE: March 16, 2015

The AIA New York Chapter Fellows Committee is now accepting recommendations for nominees to fellowship from our chapter. Advancement to the AIA College of Fellows is granted for significant achievement in design, preservation, education, literature and service. It honors architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Architects who have been members for 10 or more years are eligible for consideration.  Most candidates are nominated to submit to the National by their assigned chapter.   The local committee is currently accepting recommendations either independently or with the support of another AIA member.  A recommendation from a Chapter Fellow is particularly appreciated, click here for a list of NY Chapter members who are Fellows. Full procedures are outlined in the 2015 Call for Fellows Recommendations.

Step 2: Portfolio Submissions due Wednesday, April 1, by 5 pm.

Individual who meet the minimum membership threshold can review the instructions for submitting a portfolio here. The link explains the necessary content, format and electronic submission process as well as inclduing information about the Categories of Fellowship.

Questions about Porfolio Submissions can be address to Suzanne Mecs, staff administrator for the committee.
Any FAQ's will be posted here after the call for portfolios is released.

Step 3. Notification and Preparation

Committee will notifiy individuals who are Nominated by the Chapter for 2015 submission and 2016 Jury consideration.  Nominees are asked to identify their sponsors as soon as possible.  The nominee, their adminstrative support and sponsor are invited to a submission preparation Workshop which will be held in late May/early June to review the submission requirements and best practices.

The National Honors and Awards department maintains a wealth of information on the Fellows section of their web site. Including samples of past successfull submissions via the web or by inquiry to the national archivist.

• The Chapter also has some paper copies of successful submissions from about 1997-2006 and electronic copies from 2007-2014.  The chapter has had successful submissions in just about every category. Contact Suzanne Mecs if you would like to come in to review them, 212-358-6115;

• Veiw the national Demystifying Fellowship Podcast. (If you have difficulty withthe link go to then use the key command ctl-F to type in the word “Demystifying” and find the pod cast on the list.) It is available in XMl, iTunes and MP3 formats.

Step 4. Nominees prepare a draft submission and deliver to the New York Chapter Committee by September 12, 2015 for review and comment.

Step 5. Final Submission is uploaded to the National AIA Honors and Awards Department.
Deadline will be in mid-October 2015, 5:00 pm EST, date is usually released from the National Headquartersin May. Full instructions and links will be available at AIA National website Fellows pages in Summer 2015.

Step 6. National AIA Jury reviews and decides in late January, 2016
Nominees are usually notified in early February and will be honored at the 2016 convention as well as at the local chapter in a Fellows Reception in late February or early March.






2015 Fellows Committee Work Timeline

Call for Recommendations Issued: February 20, 2015
Recommendations Due to Chapter: March 1, 2015
Portfolio information to members with membership threshold: March 9, 2015
Demystifying Fellowship - Portfolio Briefing Session: March 17, 2015
Initial Portfolios Due to Chapter: April 8, 2015 (note extended deadline)
Committee Review: April, 2015
Final Nominee Invitations: May, 2015
Nominee Workshop: June 12, 2015
Draft Submission due for Chapter Review: September 3, 2015
Final Submissions due to National Jury: October, 16, 2015, 5:00 pm EST
Jury of Fellows meets: late January 2016.

The Chapter's 2015 members elevated to the College of Fellows are:
Matthew Baird, FAIA
Harold Fredenburgh, FAIA
Robert Goodwin, FAIA
Beth Greenberg, FAIA
Gary Handel, FAIA
Laurie Kerr, FAIA
Carl Krebs, FAIA
Judith Kunoff, FAIA
Frank Mruk, FAIA
Scott Newman, FAIA
George Ranalli, FAIA
Jeffrey Raven, FAIA
David Rockwell, FAIA
Joan Saba, FAIA
Gabriel Smith, FAIA
Stephen Weinryb, FAIA
Elissa Winzelberg, FAIA

Join us to celebrate the new Fellows on Tuesday, March 3, 6:00  PM - 8:30 PM at the Center for Architecture. RSVP here.



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