Fellow of the American Institute of Architects
Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) is a postnominal, designating an individual who has been named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Fellowship is bestowed by the American Institute of Architects on AIA-member architects who have made outstanding contributions to the profession through design excellence, contributions in the field of architectural education, or to the advancement of the profession. In 2014, fewer than 3,200 of the more than 80,000 AIA members were Fellows. Honorary Fellowship (Hon. FAIA) is awarded to foreign (non-U.S. citizen) architects, and to non-architects who have made great contributions to the field of architecture or to the American Institute of Architects.
Fellowships are awarded according to the following categories of nomination:
- To promote the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession;
- To advance the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architecture education, training, and practice;
- To coordinate the building industry and the profession of architecture;
- To ensure the advancement of the living standards of people through their improved environment;
- To make the profession of ever-increasing service to society.