AIA Los Angeles Congratulates Our New Fellows for 2023

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 of our Los Angeles honorees.

Discover all the new Fellows who were honored nationwide here.

Dan Brunn, FAIA

Dan Brunn Architecture
Rooted in efficient minimalism, spatial choreography, and vibrant detail, Dan Brunn’s design ethos draws on context, craft, and environmental responsiveness. He’s been globally recognized for his thoughtful innovation through awards, publications, and invited appearances.

Photo: Paul Sun
Christos Chrysiliou, FAIA

Los Angeles Unified School District
Christos Chrysiliou AIA, the District Architect for the nation’s second-largest school district, has developed an approach to school design that serves as a national model for building sustainable, healthy and creative educational environments.
Ravi GuneWardena, FAIA

Escher GuneWardena Architecture, Inc.
Ravi GuneWardena’s practice elevates cultural luminaries, promotes social justice efforts, and validates marginalized communities, advancing their legacies and visibility internationally, while exemplifying the role of architecture in advancing social equity and cultural promotion.
Douglas Hanson, FAIA

Douglas Hanson has been instrumental in revolutionizing architecture through his work integrating emergent technology and developing an interdisciplinary workflow across practice, design, and construction—bridging the gap between what is imaginable and what is possible.
Nerin Kadribegovic, FAIA

Kadre Architects
Through his relentless design drive and indomitable forte for dissolving complex obstacles, Nerin Kadribegovic creates breakthrough prototypes for affordable and homeless housing while imbuing dignity and inspiring aesthetic where least anticipated.
Frances Moore, FAIA

Frances Moore harnesses the power of integrated teams of diverse perspectives, continually innovating evidence-based design and project delivery strategies to create high-performing, precedent-setting hospital and university buildings, inspiring and elevating women’s voices in the process.

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 2023 (A’23) in San Francisco this June. Our Los Angeles Fellows will also be honored locally this summer at a private reception.

AIA|LA thanks our 2022-23 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, 73 AIA 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