Four AIA Pennsylvania Members Elevated to 2019’s College of Fellows

The 2019 AIA Jury of Fellows elevated 115 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession of architecture. Four AIA Pennsylvania members are among the class of 115. The 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.  Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

Out of a total AIA membership of over 94,000, fewer than four percent of members are distinguished with the honor of fellowship and honorary fellowship. The elevation to fellowship is conferred on architects with at least 10 years of membership in the AIA in one or more of the following nomination categories:

  1. Promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession
  2. Advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training or practice
  3. Coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA and other related professional organizations
  4. Advanced the living standards of people through an improved environment
  5. Made the profession of ever-increasing service to society

The four newly elevated fellows (picture left to right), their component affiliation, and nomination category are as follows:

  • Michael Johns, FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP Principal at Mdesigns + MWJ Consulting | Philadelphia | AIA Philadelphia, Government
  • Dominique M. Hawkins FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP Principal at Preservation Design Partnership | Philadelphia | AIA Philadelphia, Preservation
  • Louis A. Meilink, Jr. FAIA, ACHA, ACHE Principal at Ballinger| Philadelphia | AIA Philadelphia, Practice (Technical Advancement)
  • Christine Mondor, FAIA, LEED AP, EcoDistricts AP Principal at evolveEA| Pittsburgh | AIA Pittsburgh, Service to Society

Additionally, the AIA granted honorary membership to three individuals their exemplary service to the architecture profession. Honorary AIA Membership is conferred upon individuals who have made notable contributions to the advancement of the architecture profession but are not otherwise eligible for AIA membership. In order to be considered for honorary membership, candidates must meet a host of criteria.

Richard J. Davies, Hon. AIA

Philadelphia based honoree, Richard J. Davies, Hon. AIA, Partner at MMP&S (Milber, Makris, Plousadis, and Seiden) was one of only three national Honorary AIA recipients this year. As an AE attorney, Rich has built his service on a deep understanding of and appreciation for the roles architects play in shaping our communities. Through his daily practice and an uncanny skill with contract documents, he educates and protects owners and developers while providing his architect clients with a clear path to successful projects. Rich’s contributions to the profession in Pennsylvania are largely unmatched.

The 2019 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2010 (A’19) in Las Vegas on June 7. Additionally, AIA Pennsylvania will be hosting our annual Alumni and Fellows Reception honoring the newly inducted Pennsylvania fellows and celebrating the alumni of Pennsylvania’s seven NAAB accredited schools.


Read on below to learn more about Pennsylvania’s 2019 class of Fellows and their contributions to society and the profession: