New York Chapter Fellows Committee

2016 NY Chapter Fellows Committee Process

A seminar, "Demystifying Fellowship" will be held on March 17, 2016, so candidates, sponsors, or others interested could learn more and ask questions of the committee. If you miss it, you can download the handouts after the program here or view the video taped program from 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.

2016 Fellows Committee Members
George H. Miller, FAIA, Chair
Mary A. Burke, FAIA, IIDA
Stephanie Gelb, FAIA
James McCullar, FAIA
Gabriel Smith, FAIA
William Stein, FAIA

Staff Support: Suzanne Mecs,

Step 1. Call for Recommendations

DEADLINE: February 19, 2016

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 will be outlined after the first committee meeting in 2016; in the meantime candidates can review the 2016 Call for Fellows Recommendations.

Step 2: Portfolio Submissions due in April 8, 2016

Individual who meet the minimum membership threshold are encouraged to review the National College of Fellows web page to fully understand what will be needed to submit to the National Jury. 

In April, the Chapter Committees reviews a similar but less polished portfolio of materials to determine the Chapter Nominees for the year.

Those interested in applying, can review the 2016 instructions for submitting a portfolio here. The link explains the content, format and electronic submission process as well as including 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 2016 submission and 2017 Jury consideration in mid-May.  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 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 AIA National Archive and website can provide access to successful submissions.  The Chapter also has some electronic copies from 2007-2014 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 7, 2016 for review and comment.

Step 5. Final Submission is uploaded to the National AIA Honors and Awards Department.
Deadline will be in mid-October 2016, 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 2016.

Step 6. National AIA Jury reviews and decides in late January, 2017
Nominees are usually notified in early February and will be honored at the 2017 convention as well as at the local chapter in a Fellows Reception in late February or early March.






2016 Fellows Committee Work Timeline
(as of Jan. 21, 2016; some dates after the portfolio submissions deadline may be subject to change)

Call for Recommendations Issued: January 27, 2016
Recommendations Due to Chapter: February 19, 2016
Portfolio information to members with membership threshold: March 1, 2016
Demystifying Fellowship - Portfolio Briefing Session: March 17, 2015 (RSVP)
Initial Portfolios Due to Chapter: April 8, 2016
Committee Review: April, 2016
Final Nominee Invitations: May, 2016
Nominee Workshop: June, 2016
Draft Submission due for Chapter Review: September 7, 2016
Final Submissions due to National Jury: mid-October, 2016, 5:00 pm EST
Jury of Fellows meets: late January 2017.

New Fellows

18 members of our chapter have been elevated to the College of Fellows for 2016. Join us to celebrate the following new Fellows at a March reception at the Center for Architecture:

Donald R. Blair, FAIA, Blair + Mui Dowd Architects, PC
Margaret O'Donoghue Castillo, FAIA, LEED AP, NYC Department of Design and Construction
Charles Besjak, FAIA, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP
Nicole M. Dosso, FAIA, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP
Martin J. Finio, FAIA, LEED, NCARB, Christoff Finio Architecture
Alexander Lamis, FAIA, Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Victor A. Mirontschuk, FAIA, EDI International, PC
Jeffrey A. Murphy, FAIA, Murphy Burnham & Buttrick, LLP
Ann Rolland, FAIA, LEED, FXFOWLE Architects, LLP
William S. Ryall, Jr., FAIA, Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects, PC
Michael M. Samuelian, FAIA, Related Companies
Kimberly Sheppard, FAIA, Gabellini Sheppard Associates, LLP
James J. Slade, FAIA, Slade Architecture
Allen Swerdlowe, FAIA, d7architects
Douglas A. Tilden, FAIA, URS Corporation
Gregory T. Waugh, FAIA, Perkins+Will
Don Weinreich, FAIA, Ennead Architects LLP
Daniel E. Wood, FAIA, LEED, WORK Architecture Company



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