Prior to the announcement of the 2016 LEED Fellows later this month, I would like to introduce a subset of LEED Fellows who are also Fellows of AIA. This group of accomplished professionals, from all across the United States, shares common values in design excellence, aesthetic beauty and performance.
Using their extensive knowledge and expertise to engage their colleagues, clients and communities, this group creates a better built environment. They continue to raise the quality of design through their commitment to develop, advocate for, educate about and disseminate higher standards of sustainable performance through an integrative process.
The combined efforts of these leaders can play a significant role assisting in energy transition, the impact that buildings have on climate and better resiliency and design. They engage in initiatives related to collaboration, sustainability, globalization and other industry transformation trends.
Fellows of AIA
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fellowship program dates back to the 1880s and 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 the architect as an individual, but also honors before the public and the profession a model architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Out of a total AIA membership of over 88,000, there are over 3,200 members distinguished with this honor.
At USGBC®, the honor of LEED® Fellow designates the most exceptional professionals in the green building industry, and it is the most prestigious designation awarded by GBCI®. LEED Fellows are LEED APs who have acquired significant technical knowledge and skills. They also have a history of exemplary leadership, impactful commitment, service and advocacy in green building and sustainability. Out of almost 165,000 LEED APs, there are 211 members distinguished with this honor. They have been recognized for their outstanding work as LEED professionals and for the significance of their impact on the green building community at large.
In both cases, a rigorous selection process is followed and the documentation of their career achievements is judged by nationally accomplished peers.
For 25 years, the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) has been a strong advocate for green design and construction, sharing and enriching USGBC’s commitment to build leaders and markets and to measure mission impact. Many of its early leaders also helped found USGBC in 1993, and many dual Fellows continue to serve on committees in both organizations. One place where dual LEED and AIA Fellows are able to leverage this leadership to shape the future of green building is through the AIA COTE Top Ten + Project Awards, begun in 1997, which celebrates excellence in sustainable design.
Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2016 LEED Fellows later this month.