AIA Los Angeles Congratulates Our New Fellows for 2022

AIA Los Angeles is pleased and proud to announce that six of our Chapter members have been elevated to Fellowship (signified by the initials FAIA.)

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

Discover all 88 new Fellows who were honored nationwide here.

David J. Frey, FAIA

HOK - Culver City, CA
David Frey's contributions to education and training, and his strategic leadership on technical standards and management tools, elevate the performance of architects around the globe.
Roger K. Leib, FAIA
Applying holistic architectural strategies, Roger Leib impacts healthcare and patient recovery by transforming inpatient care, improving applicable national codes, and designing transformative products, each effecting profound therapeutic impact on improving health and wellness of society.
Anthony C. Poon, FAIA

Poon Design, Inc.
Anthony Poon—architect, author, musician, and artist—juxtaposes discipline and improvisation to create transformative architecture and reimagine social engagement. His cost-effective designs, a new exemplar for the profession, assert that good design belongs to everyone.
Michael J. Smith, FAIA

Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
Michael Smith developed, refined, and sustained a unique, independently branded design studio within a large architectural firm, that strategically combined attributes of both to advance the profession and create a new practice typology.
Tania L. Van Herle, FAIA

HED Los Angeles
An exemplary architect, generous mentor, and change agent, Tania Van Herle creates nurturing, sustainable learning environments while challenging the status quo in both practice and leadership, eliminating barriers and improving our shared quality of life.
James W. Woolum, FAIA

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLC
James Woolum designs for significant organizational and cultural change, promoting transformative human experiences through well-crafted environments to enhance wellbeing and performance, encourage personal connections and community, and bring renewed purpose to under-valued buildings and spaces.

One of the highest honors that AIA awards, Fellowship celebrates practitioners with at least ten years of Architect 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 2022 (A’22) in Chicago this June. Our Los Angeles Fellows will also be honored locally this summer at a private reception.

AIA|LA thanks our 2021-22 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, 88 members 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