Summer | 2017
North Carolina Fellow News
Something New!
As a Fellow, you are aware of the FellowScope Newsletter issued from AIA nationally to all our Fellows. This year the AIA North Carolina Fellows Committee has taken steps to initiate a greater degree of Fellows involvement in fulfilling the College of Fellows’ purpose:

“The Purpose of the College of Fellows is to stimulate a sharing of interests among Fellows, promote the purposes of the Institute, advance the profession of architecture, to mentor young architects, and be of ever-increasing service to society”. -College of Fellows By-laws

This newsletter will become an ongoing information resource on these important initiatives for all Fellows as well as our other AIA members. 
2017 Brings New Fellows Initiatives
The AIA Fellows Committee has been consistently successful in promoting AIA Fellowship candidates and assisting them through the submittal process. This priority continues to support and perpetuate AIA North Carolina's high success rate in helping candidates gain elevation to the College of Fellows.

We enter this year with a heightened awareness of the mission of the College of Fellows:
  1. To promote the aesthetic, scientific and practical efficiency of the profession.
  2. To advance the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice.
  3. To coordinate the building industry and the profession of architecture.
  4. To ensure the advancement of the living standards of people through their improved environment.
  5. To make the profession of ever-increasing service to society

Our new initiatives align with our responsibility to the profession as members of the AIA College of Fellows.   

Below is a briefing on these initiatives. 
"Art by Architects" - Designing a World Without ALS
In support of Phil Freelon’s fight against ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) AIA North Carolina Fellows are embracing The Freelon Designing A World Without ALS Foundation to provide assistance for ALS research. The Fellows Committee, under the leadership of Charles Boney, Jr., FAIA and Georgia Bizios, FAIA, is planning “Art by Architects,” a silent auction benefit. 

ALL architects are invited to contribute any work of art they may have created, produced or collected to be placed in a silent auction during the AIANC Design Conference in September. All proceeds from the silent auction will go directly to the ALS Research Foundation to honor Phil and support ALS research.  Watch for additional information regarding this rare and critical benefit for one of our own.

Fellows Supportive Role with Emerging Professionals
The future of the architectural profession is in the hands of our young architects and emerging professionals (EPs). As mentors and supporters of these individuals and soon-to-be-professionals, the Fellows are playing a key role developing a Leadership Conference in the planning stages with AIA North Carolina.

Lou Jurkowski, FAIA a Fellows Committee member, is assisting the AIA North Carolina Board of Directors and EP Director Megan Bowles, AIA, by providing input and advice in planning this conference, which will help our EPs take on key roles in the future leadership of the profession. Fellows will be presenters and participants in the conference planned for November 2017. 

In addition, Fellows of AIA North Carolina will respond to an appeal for additional financial assistance, enabling this emerging professionals leadership conference to be a genuine success. Watch for more information regarding the leadership conference as well as the opportunity for AIA North Carolina Fellows to contribute.

Link to Additional National Resources
Fellows Embark on Establishing an AIANC Committee on Design
Ironically, AIA North Carolina has many committees with significant emphasis on practically every aspect of the architectural profession except design. The Fellows Committee, under the leadership of Committee member Chris Brasier, FAIA, is helping establish an AIA North Carolina Committee on Design that will represent all of AIA North Carolina in promoting good, thoughtful design throughout our industry. 
Fellows “Activate”
Under the leadership of current AIANC President Erin Sterling Lewis, AIA North Carolina’s theme for the year is “Activate”.  A special emphasis of “Activate” is to engage our profession in promoting public awareness of the value of architects and architecture within North Carolina.

The Fellows Committee has taken an active role in supporting this initiative and will be appealing to AIANC Fellows for financial assistance to support specific programs, such as the AIA Triangle initiated Scale Up (seen at right), that will inform and educate the North Carolina public. Watch for more information coming from the Chapter and other correspondence to Fellows about opportunities to support this significant initiative. 

Link to Activate North Carolina Web Site
“Elevation” to the College of Fellows
As Fellows, we are “elevated” to the College of Fellows to accept a greater responsibility for our profession and society. If any member of the architectural community has suggestions, ideas or concerns regarding potential College of Fellows involvement, please feel free to contact a member of the Fellows Committee or Chapter Executive Vice President, David Crawford.

Link to AIA College of Fellows
AIA Fellows Committee & Liaisons
AIA Fellows are recognized with the AIA’s highest membership honor for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. The prestige of FAIA after your name is unparalleled and the judging is rigorous. Architects who have made significant contributions to the profession and society and who exemplify architectural excellence can become a member of the AIA College of Fellows. Only 3 percent of the AIA members have this distinction.
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