AIA Honors Programs

AIA Honors Programs

The AIA Honors Programs are part of a long-standing AIA tradition of recognizing individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support and to increase public awareness of the profession of architecture and the AIA. Click here to learn more about AIA National awards programs, submission information, and deadlines.

AIA College of Fellows

The AIA 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.  Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member. The AIA College of Fellows seeks to stimulate a sharing of interests among Fellows, promote the purposes of the Institute, advance the profession of architecture, mentor young architects, and be of ever-increasing service to society.

Are you seeking information about AIA Fellowship?  If you are searching for information about becoming a Fellow, see the Fellowship Web page.

AIA Gold Medal

The Gold Medal is the highest honor that the American Institute of Architects can bestow on an individual. It is conferred by the national AIA Board of Directors in recognition of a significant body of work of lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Any individual (not necessarily an American or an architect), living or dead, whom the Board believes qualified is eligible to receive the Gold Medal. No more than one such award shall be made in any year. Learn More

AIA Honorary Membership (Hon. AIA)

AIA Honorary membership is one of the highest honors that The American Institute of Architects can bestow upon a person outside the profession of architecture. Any member of the national AIA Board of Directors, or a representative of an AIA Component or Knowledge Community may nominate:

  • Persons of esteemed character who are not eligible for membership in the Institute but who have given distinguished service to the profession of architecture or the allied arts and sciences
  • National and component staff members who have served on staff for a period of at least 10 years and have given distinguished service to the profession of architecture or the allied arts and sciences.

The nomination, voting, and election remains confidential until the Board of Directors ascertains the nominee’s willingness to accept the honor.  A formal presentation is made at a Chapter Membership Meeting. Learn More