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American Institute of Architects elevates members to College of Fellows


SACRAMENTO, Calif.—February 22, 2019—The 2019 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated 115 member-architects to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the architecture profession. The fellows will be honored in June at a ceremony at the 2019 AIA Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas.

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. Prospective candidates must have at least 10 years of AIA membership and demonstrated influence in at least one of the following categories:


The stringent requirements result in only three percent of the AIA’s more than 91,000 members being recognized as fellows.

Fellows are selected by a seven-member Jury of Fellows. This year’s jury included Mary P. Cox, FAIA (Chair), Virginia Commonwealth University; Peter Bardwell, FAIA, Bardwell + Associates, LLC; Mary A. Burke, FAIA, Burke Design & Architecture PLLC; Philip Castillo, FAIA, Jahn; Mary Johnston, FAIA, Johnston Architects, LLC; Paul Mankins, FAIA, Substancearchitecture and Nancy Rogo Trainer, FAIA, Bala Cynwyd.


Complete details and images are available on the AIA’s website.

The California list includes:

Mara Baum, FAIA, AIA San Francisco

John Britton, FAIA, AIA San Francisco

Michael Burch, FAIA, AIA Pasadena Foothill

Jeanne Chen, FAIA, AIA Los Angeles

Leo Chao, FAIA, AIA San Francisco

Thomas Fowler, IV, FAIA, AIA California Central Coast

Wyatt J Frantom, FAIA, AIA Los Angeles

Mark Gangi, FAIA, AIA Pasadena Foothill

Kevin M. Holland, FAIA, AIA Los Angeles

Aaron Jon Hyland, FAIA, AIA San Francisco

Mitra Kanaani, FAIA, San Diego

William T Mahan, FAIA, AIA Santa Barbara

Michael S. Martin, FAIA, AIA Los Angeles

Nick Noyes, FAIA, AIA San Francisco

Patricia Rhee, FAIA, AIA Los Angeles

Lee Salin, FAIA, AIA Silicon Valley

Steven Shinn, FAIA, AIA San Diego

Daniel Simons, FAIA, AIA San Francisco

James G. Spencer, FAIA, AIA Pasadena Foothill

Janet Tam, FAIA, AIA East Bay



The AIA CA represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California.  Founded in 1944, The AIA CA’s mission supports architects in their endeavors to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more livable communities, sustainable designs and quality work environments. Today, The AIA CA is the largest component of the national AIA organization. For more information, visit

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