AIA Los Angeles Congratulates Our New Fellows for 2021

February 26, 2021 – Los AngelesAIA Los Angeles is pleased and proud to announce that nine of our Chapter members have been elevated to Fellowship (signified by the initials FAIA.)

Please scroll down to learn more about all nine of our Los Angeles honorees.


Mina Mei-Szu Chow, FAIA

Mina Chow
Through her film-making, public scholarship, and interdisciplinary teaching, Mina Chow communicates important underlying relationships between design and culture. Her original outreach expands architectural education to new audiences by advancing understanding of design and the profession.
Heidi Creighton, FAIA

Buro Happold
Heidi Creighton’s collaborative, human-centric practice champions environmental performance, health, and social equity. Through inclusive building design, progressive master planning, and persuasive advocacy, she has redefined human wellbeing as a broad and urgent societal mandate.
Thomas E. Greving, FAIA

HKS Architects
Thom is an extraordinary catalyst in transforming organizations, the profession and communities using a research-integrated design methodology rooted in empathy, while being accountable to meaningful and measurable outcomes for human, environmental and business resilience.
Grant Kirkpatrick, FAIA

KAA Design
Grant Kirkpatrick’s work elevates the continuum of modern residential architecture by knitting together a gracious conversation between form, craft, and nature to create architectural heirlooms that elevate the experience of home.
Brian A. Lane, FAIA

Koning Eizenberg Architecture
Brian Lane demonstrates that design propels social benefit. His pursuit of regulatory reform amplifies the impact: accelerating production of affordable housing, adding value to preservation efforts, and raising the design benchmark for neighborhood buildings.

Aaron Neubert, FAIA

ANX / Aaron Neubert Architects
Aaron Neubert’s sensitively sited and meticulously detailed architecture orchestrates poetic relationships between landscape, light, and materiality, resulting in beautifully crafted spaces that amplify the human experience and advance stewardship of the natural environment.
Stephen John Phillips, FAIA

Stephen Phillips Architects (SPARCHS)
Through his innovative integration of design research, professional practice, and community leadership -- Stephen Phillips, Founding Director of the Cal Poly Los Angeles Metropolitan Program in Architecture and Urban Design, has profoundly impacted design education.
James Simeo, FAIA

CO Architects
James Simeo creates benchmark science and technology facilities that crack open traditional hierarchies to foster diversity and collaboration in adaptable, interactive and transdisciplinary spaces using a uniquely inclusive programming process and integrated, cooperative project delivery.
Douglas Teiger, FAIA

Teiger Consulting
Douglas Teiger’s advocacy for humanistic business models fuels his service in AIA chapters and outreach to members. He drives diversity while empowering others to rethink business models and find balance and profitability in design practice.

One of the highest honors that AIA awards, Fellowship celebrates Architect Members with at least ten years of membership, who have made significant contributions to the profession and to society, who exemplify architectural excellence, and whose work has had a profound influence or ripple effect.

Fellowship may be bestowed in one of several categories:
1) Design, Urban Design, or Preservation; 2) Education, Research, Literature, or Practice (with the option of a subcategory of Management or Technical Advancement); 3) Led the Institute or a Related Organization; 4) Public Service, Government, Industry, or Organization; or 5) Alternative Career, Volunteer Work with Organizations Not Directly Connected with the Built Environment, or Service to Society.

The new Fellows will receive their Fellowship medal during the Investiture at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2021 (A’21), presented virtually ffrom Philadelphia. Our Los Angeles Fellows will also be honored locally this summer at a private reception.

AIA|LA thanks our 2020-21 Fellows Nominating & Mentoring Committee, and everyone who supported our nominees as sponsors, reference letter writers and mentors. Their experience, advice and encouragement are crucial to a successful nomination, and are extremely appreciated.

This year, 102 practitioners, including both AIA Architect members and international architects (Honorary Fellows), were elevated to this honor. To view a list of all the new Fellows nationwide, please visit


For more information on Fellowship and the nomination and submission process please contact
Steve Tanner, Hon. AIALA
Membership Director