New York Chapter Fellows Committee

2014 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. You can download the handouts here or view the videos taped program 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.

2014 Fellows Committee Members

Joanna M. Pestka, FAIA, Chair

Michael F. Doyle, FAIA

Stephanie Gelb

Alexander Gorlin, FAIA

D. Blake Middleton, FAIA

George H. Miller, FAIA

Staff Support: Suzanne Mecs,


Step 1. Call for Recommendations

DEADLINE extended to: Thursday, February 27, 2014

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; but must be forwarded to the committee 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 2014 Call for Fellows Recommendations.

Step 2: Portfolio Submissions due Wednesday, March 26, by 5 pm.

Individuals recommended by a member or contacted by the committee, will receive instructions for submitting a portfolio it  is also here. Instructions for content, format and submitting electronically as a PDF file are included along with 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 2014 submission and 2015 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 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 5, 2014 for review and comment.

Step 5. Final Submission is uploaded to the National AIA Honors and Awards Department.
Deadline October 17, 2014, 5:00 pm EST. Full instructions and links will be available at AIA National website Fellows pages in Summer 2014.

Step 6. National AIA Jury reviews and decides in late January, 2015
Nominees are usually notified in early February and will be honored at the 2015 convention as well as at the local chapter in a Fellows Reception in late February or early March.






2014 Committee Work Timeline

Call for Recommendations Issued: 2/2014
Recommendations Due to Chapter: extended to: 2/27/2014
Portfolio Invitations to be sent out: 3/1/2014
Demystifying Fellowship - Portfolio Briefing Session: view the March 6, 2014 using the link and password in the opening paragragh to the left.
Initial Portfolios Due to Chapter: 3/26/2014
Committee Review: March/April, 2014
Final Nominee Invitations: April, 2014
Nominee Workshop: May 22, 2014
Draft Submission due for Chapter Review: September 5, 2014
Final Submissions due to National Jury: October 17, 2014, 5:00 pm EST
Jury of Fellows meets: late January 2015.

The Chapter's 2014 members elevated to the College of Fellows were:
Morris Adjmi FAIA, Morris Adjmi Architects
Andrew Berman FAIA, Andrew Berman Architect
Nestor Bottino FAIA, Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture LLP
Deborah Gans FAIA, Gans Studio
Fanny T. Gong, FAIA, Columbia University - Manhattanville Development
Robert Arthur King FAIA, Robert Arthur King, Architect, P.C.
Rafael Pelli FAIA, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Peter M. Pennoyer FAIA,    Peter Pennoyer Architects P.C.
Jennifer Sage FAIA, Sage and Coombe Architects
Henry H.  Smith-Miller FAIA, Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects LLP
Jonathan Newell Stark FAIA, Perkins Eastman


Please click here to review a handout outlining the 2014 Fellows achievements.


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