Interested in Becoming a Fellow of the AIA?

Licensed architects who have distinguished themselves in the categories of design, practice, education or service in the community, and who have at least 10 years of cumulative AIA membership are eligible applicants for Fellowship.

If you haven't been nominated before and are interested in AIA Chicago nominating you for Fellowship, please submit a copy of your resume/profile, along with a small selection of supporting material so that we may include it in a file of eligible candidates (we recommend reading the Fellowship Categories carefully, and forward materials that you feel speak best to your achievements in this regard). You can read more about the Fellowship Categories here. Please specify what Category you’d be supporting with your materials.

If you're interested in Fellowship, please contact Steve Riforgiato for more information, at

The AIA Chicago Fellowship Nominating Committee will send letters to potential candidates by late-May.

Important Meetings:

Summer (June 7th) - Demystifying Fellowship Seminar

Learn all about the AIA College of Fellows and the process of nomination to Fellowship.

Fellowship was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual, but also honors before the public and the profession a model architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. The presentation will explain the nomination, application, and review process.

Fall (September 13th) – Fellowship Mentoring Session

An evening session where a candidates the work-in-progress submission is reviewed one-on-one.  Each candidate that attends will be paired with a Fellow to critique the work. A draft of the submission will be requested in early September for pre-review by the mentor.  It is not necessary for the submissions to be in final form at the time of the session. 

October 12th – Fellowship Submissions due to national to AIA National at 4:00pm CST.

Final nomination materials for the 2017 College of Fellows must be electronically submitted to AIA National at a mid-October date yet to be set. Visit the 2016 page for linked below for further information; 2017 details will be posted soon.

Fellowship Information from AIA AWARDS -

National AIA has launched a new site with Fellowship information: