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American Institute of Architects, California Council Announces Newest Fellows

Sacramento, Calif.—Feb. 10, 2017—California is home to a significant amount of architectural talent, and this month there is proof in numbers. The 2017 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated 178 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession.  27 of these members were from California.

The 2017 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2017 National AIA Convention and Design Exposition in Orlando.

The Fellowship program 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 architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

The 2017 Jury included: Mary Katherine (Mary Kay) Lanzillotta, FAIA, (Chair), Hartman Cox Architects; Peter Bardwell, FAIA, Bardwell & Assoc.; Mary Patton Cox, FAIA, Virginia Commonwealth University; Steve Crane, FAIA, VCBO; Marleen Kay Davis, FAIA, University of Tennessee; David Messersmith, FAIA, University of Texas, Arlington and Karen V. Nichols, FAIA, Michael Graves Architecture & Design.

Out of a total AIA membership of over 90,000, approximately 3 percent are distinguished with the honor of fellowship and honorary fellowship. The elevation to fellowship is conferred on architects with at least 10 years of membership in the AIA in one or more of the following nomination categories:

  1. Promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession
  2. Advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice
  3. Coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA or other related professional organizations
  4. Advanced the living standards of people through an improved environment
  5. Made the profession of ever-increasing service to society


2017 California Fellows:

Martha L. Ball                AIA Los Angeles

Navy F. Banvard               AIA Los Angeles

Barbara Bestor                AIA Los Angeles

Gaylaird Wiley Christopher    AIA Pasadena & Foothill

Maria Theresita Ciprazo        AIA San Francisco

Frank Clementi                 AIA Los Angeles

Richard D. D’Amato              AIA Long Beach/South Bay

Sam D’Amico                     AIA San Francisco

Thang N. Do                     AIA Santa Clara Valley

John Hugh Gormley                AIA Los Angeles

Michael Hamner AIA Los Angeles

Julia S. Hughes                  AIA San Diego

Scott B. Hunter                  AIA Los Angeles

Jonathan R. Kanda                 AIA Los Angeles

Peter Kasavan                     AIA Monterey Bay

Daniel R. Kenney                   AIA San Francisco

Andrew Labov                        AIA Los Angeles

Michael Frank Malinowski     AIA Central Valley

Dwight K. Mitsunaga             AIA Los Angeles

Stephan Mundwiler                AIA Los Angeles

David Louis Swartz                AIA Los Angeles

Larry Dennis Thompson         AIA Santa Barbara

Bruce Toman                   AIA San Francisco

Anil Verma                    AIA Los Angeles

Sharon Woodworth              AIA San Francisco

Takashi Yanai                AIA Los Angeles

Willy Yu                     AIA San Francisco

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The AIACC represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California.  Founded in 1944, The AIACC’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 AIACC is the largest component of the national AIA organization. For more information, visit

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