American Institute of Architects elevates 4 Pennsylvania architects to the College of Fellows

New AIA Fellows pictured left to right: Jeff Goldstein, FAIA; Samuel Olshin, FAIA; David Schrader, FAIA; Jason Smith, FAIA

Congratulations to Pennsylvania’s newest Fellows!

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has elevated 116 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows, AIA’s highest membership honor, for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. Four AIA Pennsylvania members are among the 2020 class of fellows from across the nation. 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. Architects who have been elevated to fellowship can be identified by the designation FAIA after their name.

Out of a total AIA membership of over 95,000, less than three percent of members are distinguished with the honor of 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 (pictured left to right), their component affiliation, and nomination category are as follows:

Jeff Goldstein, FAIA Principal at DIGSAU | Philadelphia | AIA Philadelphia, Design

Jeff Goldstein connects people to place, history, and time through innovative explorations into the craft of building. His work engages clients in a robust, collaborative design process, demonstrating the power of architecture to inspire communities.

Samuel Olshin, FAIA Principal at Atkin Olshin Schade Architects | Philadelphia | AIA Philadelphia, Design

Sam Olshin’s designs and master plans for historic structures and campuses have placed his work at the heart of community revitalization, thus advancing public understanding of and appreciation for the influential role of the profession.

David Schrader, FAIA Managing Partner at Schrader Group Architecture | Philadelphia | AIA Philadelphia, Practice (Technical Advancement)

David Schrader creates exemplary, resilient architecture in the public interest. He engages communities and students in participatory design, and inspires colleagues and allied professionals to strengthen communities with effective facilities for learning and public safety.

Jason Smith, FAIA Partner at KieranTimberlake | Philadelphia | AIA Philadelphia, Design

Jason E. Smith integrates art, research, and new modes of project delivery to expand the breadth and scope of architectural practice, yielding sophisticated work that is both rich in meaning and beautiful in craft.

Visit AIA National’s website for more information on College of Fellows or to view the complete list of newly elevated architect fellows.

Celebrate Pennsylvania’s Fellows at A’20

The 2020 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture in Los Angeles. Additionally, AIA Pennsylvania will be hosting our annual Alumni and Fellows Reception honoring the newly inducted Pennsylvania fellows and celebrating Pennsylvania’s NAAB accredited Pennsylvania schools of architecture on Friday, May 15 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. More details and RSVP to follow.


New AIA Fellows pictured left to right: Jeff Goldstein, FAIA; Samuel Olshin, FAIA; David Schrader, FAIA; Jason Smith, FAIA