AIA Seattle Announces the 2024 Fellows

The 2024 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects elevated seven AIA Seattle Members to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to Members who have made significant and exceptional contributions to architecture and society.

Pictured (left to right): Ann Marie Borys FAIA, Douglas Ito FAIA, J. Todd Scott FAIA, Jim Hanford FAIA, John Shoesmith FAIA, Kathrina Simonen FAIA, and Robert Misel FAIA.

The fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Architects who have been elevated to fellowship can be identified by the designation FAIA after name.

We are extremely fortunate to have each of these AIA Seattle Members as leaders in our talented and dedicated design community!

Ann Marie Borys, FAIA University of Washington Department of Architecture | Through teaching, scholarship, academic administration, and service, Ann Marie orients students towards ethical practice by integrating history, theory, design, and professional values within a pedagogy of social engagement, action research, and critical inquiry.

Douglas Ito, FAIA – SMR Architects | Douglas is the 2024 winner of the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award. For over 26 years, Ito has been instrumental in projects that make real his belief that all people deserve good design, and housing that confronts the racial, social, and political injustices that continue to pervade society.

J. Todd Scott, FAIA – King County Historic Preservation Office | By leveraging historic resources and community engagement for revitalization, leading preservation organizations, and educating others, Todd has empowered diverse communities to revitalize their architectural and cultural heritage for the benefit of future generations.

Jim Hanford, FAIA – The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP | Leading the sustainable design process for the country’s most influential projects, Jim actualizes Miller Hull’s ethos, standardizing high-performance within its practice, and awakening the architectural community to a new standard of building.

John Shoesmith, FAIAPerkins Eastman | John elevates the standard in design for aging and memory care environments. His award-winning design, knowledge sharing, advocacy, and influence in regulatory change improves lives and inspires others in the profession.

Kathrina Simonen, FAIAUniversity of Washington / Carbon Leadership Forum | Carbon activist Kate has crystallized the embodied carbon movement with cutting-edge research, incubation of new approaches and cross-sector collaboration, equipping architects with the data, policies and social infrastructure to successfully harness carbon-smart material solutions.

Robert Misel, FAIA – The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP | Rob’s approach to firm and project leadership creates an environment of inclusivity, transparency and accountability. His commitment prioritizes equity with sustainable design excellence, fostering necessary diversity and engagement within projects, communities, and the profession.

Pictured (left to right): Ann Marie Borys FAIA, Douglas Ito FAIA,  J. Todd Scott FAIA, Jim Hanford FAIA, John Shoesmith FAIA, Kathrina Simonen FAIA, and Robert Misel FAIA.