2023 has already proved to be a landmark year for the architecture profession. Members have contributed many hours to all manner of events, committees, and working groups that have helped support architects and advocate with policymakers about the future of the profession. One of the best ways to recognise this continued effort is by becoming a Fellow of the Institute.
Fellowship is one of the highest levels of membership in the Australian Institute of Architects. It is awarded to members who have demonstrated a significant contribution to the architecture profession both within and beyond architecture practice.
There are two main reasons why someone should consider nominating a member of the Institute to become a Fellow.
- To recognise their outstanding achievements in architecture. Fellows are typically leaders in their field, with a proven track record of designing innovative and award-winning buildings. They are also often active in the Institute, mentoring and supporting emerging architects, and advocating for the profession on a national and international level.
- To inspire others to achieve excellence in architecture. Fellowship is a prestigious award that is only given to a select few. Nominating an architect for Fellowship is a way of recognising their achievements and inspiring others to strive for excellence in their own work.
If you know an architect who you believe has made a significant contribution to the profession, I encourage you to consider nominating them for Fellowship using the link below.
It is a great way to show your appreciation for their work and to help them achieve their professional goals.
Criteria for elevation:
- Time: A minimum of 12 years as a voting member (Chapter Councils may consider a lesser period of membership as a special case)
- Contribution: Evidence of a significant contribution to the profession
- Endorsement: Recommendation and endorsement of reasons for elevation by two voting members.
Here are some specific examples of the kinds of contributions that would make an architect eligible for Fellowship:
- Designing innovative and award-winning buildings
- Mentoring and supporting emerging architects
- Advocating for the profession on a national and international level
- Conducting research that advances the field of architecture
- Writing and publishing articles and books on architecture
- Serving on the board of directors of the Institute or a related organisation
- Volunteering their time to help improve the built environment
If you are unsure whether an architect is eligible for Fellowship, you can contact the Institute for more information.
Daniel Moore, RAIA
State Manager, Victoria
Australian Institute of Architects