American Institute of Architects elevates five local architects to the College of Fellows


Less than three percent of the architecture profession achieve AIA Fellowship.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is elevating five AIA Chicago members to its prestigious College of Fellows, AIA’s highest membership honor, for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society.

The fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Architects who have been elevated to fellowship can be identified by the designation FAIA after their name.

Included in the list below are the newly elevated members from AIA Chicago:

Craig D. Brandt, FAIA

Architect, Principal; Craig Brandt Architecture

Object 2: Practice (Technical Advancement)


Abigail L. Clary, FAIA

Co-Director, Health Practice and Chair; CannonDesign Board of Directors

Object 2: Practice (Management)


Robin R. Randall, FAIA

Principal, Director of PreK-12 Education; Legat Architects

Object 2: Practice (Technical Advancement)


Mark Schendel, FAIA

Managing Principal and Partner; Studio/Gang Architects

Object 2: Practice (Management)


Charles T. Smith, FAIA

Principal, Director of Education Market; CannonDesign

Object 2: Practice (Management)

Visit AIA National’s website for more information on College of Fellows or to view the complete list of newly elevated architect fellows. 

Interested in applying for fellowship? Head to the AIA Chicago website to learn more, or contact Steve Riforgiato, Director of Membership and Data Analytics at AIA Chicago.

We look forward to celebrating with them at the Investiture Ceremony to be held here in Chicago this summer at the A'22 AIA National Conference on Architecture.