A Call for Fellow Nominees
AIA South Carolina is seeking good candidates for fellowship nomination. Fellowship is the highest honor an architect member can receive. A distinguished jury of fellows bestows it on their peers who have displayed the highest standards of excellence in the profession. Fellowship recognizes an AIA architect member's significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Approximately 2,700 AIA members have earned the distinction of using the initials FAIA after their names. Annually, on average, an additional 80 members are added to the College of Fellows roster.
To qualify for nomination for fellowship, you must be an AIA member in good standing for at least ten cumulative years. You must be current with dues payments and meet the AIA's Continuing Education System requirements.
Categories of Nomination
Nominations should be based on a member's notable and outstanding contributions to the profession in fulfilling the mission of the Institute. There are five categories of nomination that correspond to the five Objects of the Institute of as stated in the Bylaws. Candidates must be nominated in one of these following categories.
To promote aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession.
Granted to architects who have produced distinguished bodies of work through design, urban design, or preservation.
To advance the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training, and practice.
Granted to architects who have made notable contributions through their work in education, research, literature, or the practice of architecture.
To coordinate the building industry and the profession of architecture.
Granted to architects who have actively, efficiently, and cooperatively led the Institute or a related professional organization over a sustained period of time and have gained widespread recognition for the results of their work.
To ensure the advancement of the living standards of people through their improved environment.
Granted to architects who have made notable contributions in public service or work in government industry organizations through leadership in the development of civic improvements and needed governmental projects, including such elements as conservation, beautification, land-use regulation, transportation, or the removal of blighted areas, or who have clearly raised the standards of professional performance in these areas by advancing the administration of professional affairs in their fields.
To make the profession of ever-increasing service to society.
Granted to architects who have made notable contributions to the public good through alternative careers or volunteer work with organizations not directly connected to the built environment. Achievements may also be of a kind that transcend the other categories for advancement to serve society or humanity in a unique and important manner.
Achievements in these areas should include those that are national in scope and have made sustantial and positive contributions to the AIA as well as to architecture and society. Portfolios and reference letters should concentrate specifically on results, achievements, and outcomes, as opposed to titles, offices, and longevity.
Paths to Fellowship
For South Carolina members, there are four routes to obtain a nomination for fellowship consideration.
Option 1: Recommendation by the Chapter Fellows Committee
Option 2: Letters of recommendation obtained from two Chapter Fellows and either your AIA South Carolina Section President, or the AIA/SC President.
Option 3: Recommendations by any ten individual AIA members AIA members in good standing
Option 4: Recommendation by any five Fellows nationwide whose membership is in good standing
Fellowship application information sheet
For additional questions about submitting for AIA Fellowship you can contact AIA South Carolina at 803.252.6050.