AIA Hawaii College of Fellows
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The AIA College of Fellows is one of the most prestigious designation available through the American Institute of Architects. The Fellowship program was developed to elevate architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society, and achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.  Election to fellowship recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, as well as their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Only 3 percent of the AIA members have this distinction.

To learn more about the AIA College of Fellows and for eligibility requirements visit the AIA National website

The College of Fellows plays a strong role in our local AIA Chapters and the broader Architectural community in Hawaii, including but not limited to:

  • Offering guidance to various aspects of the chapter’s activities

  •  Acting as a source for AIA Honolulu’s mentorship program

  •  Meeting with Hawaii state governors to offer assistance in statewide planning, offering architectural and planning advice and assisting as needed. 

  •  Meeting regularly to discuss design related topics. Topics typically include planning and architectural issues throughout the state and city. Topics are proposed by attendees; three are voted on for discussion.

  •  Working with current AIA Honolulu and AIA Maui member architects to educate them about the COF, and encourage pursuing fellowship. If appropriate, COF assigns a mentor who assists in compiling the required information and nominates the individual for Fellowship.

The goal is to have at least one architect from Hawaii elevated to Fellowship each year.

AIA College of Fellows in Hawaii
Since 1948, nearly 50 architects living in Hawaii have been awarded the prestigious Fellowship award.
The following is a list of the members of the AIA College of Fellows who are from or currently residing in the State of Hawaii.  


Name Year Invested Investiture Category
Dwight Mitsunaga, FAIA 2016 2 - Practice
Glenn E. Mason, FAIA 2015 1 - Preservation
Bettina Mehnert, FAIA 2015 2 - Practice (Management)
Peter N. Vincent, FAIA 2014 3 - Service to the profession
Clark E. Llewellyn, FAIA 2011 2 - Advance-education
Joseph J. Ferraro, FAIA 2008 2 - Practice
Joyce M. Noe, FAIA 2006 2 - Practice
Francis S. Oda, FAIA 2004 5 - To make the profession of ever-increasing service to society
Randall K Fujiki, FAIA 2003 4 - Government/Industry
Daniel G. Chun, FAIA 2001 3 - Led the Institute
Theodore E. Garduque, FAIA 2000 3 - Led the Institute
Virginia B. Macdonald, FAIA (deceased) 1999 2 - Practice
Benjamin B. Lee, FAIA 1998 4 - Government/Industry
John M. Hara, FAIA 1996 1 - Historic Preservation
Anne Spencer Lieneweber, FAIA (deceased) 1996 1 - Historic Preservation
Evan D. Cruthers, FAIA (deceased) 1994 3 - Service to the profession
Carol S. Sakata, FAIA 1993 3 - Service to the profession
A. Bruce Etherington, FAIA (deceased) 1990 Public Service, Research
Christopher J. Smith, FAIA 1990 Service to the Profession
Donald W.Y. Goo, FAIA 1988 Service to the Profession
Arthur M. Weber, FAIA (deceased) 1988 Architects in Government
Paul Duane Jones, FAIA (deceased) 1986 Public Service, Service to the Profession, Design
Kenneth F. Brown, FAIA (deceased) 1985 Public Service
Hans Riecke, FAIA 1985 Service to the Profession
Donald Douglas Chapman, FAIA (deceased) 1984 Design, Service to the Profession, and Public Service
George V. Whisenand, FAIA (deceased) 1984 Science of Construction, Service to the Profession, Architectural Practice
Dennis T. Toyomura, FAIA (deceased) 1983 Service to the Profession and Public Service
Charles Richard Sutton, FAIA (deceased) 1980 Urban Design, Service to the Profession
Leo S. Wou, FAIA (deceased) 1975 Design
Geoffrey W. Fairfax, FAIA (deceased) 1974 Historic Preservation
Frank Slavsky, FAIA (deceased) 1974 Design

Francis S. Haines, FAIA

1972 Public Service, Service to Profession, Design, Architectural Practice
Ernest H. Hara, FAIA (deceased) 1972 Service to Profession, Service to Community, Education
Edward Sullam, FAIA 1972 Design, Public Service, Service to Profession
Gerald Lou Allison, FAIA (deceased) 1971 Design, Service to the Profession, Public Service; also Education, Literature
Kenneth W. Roehrig, FAIA (deceased) 1969 Design, Public Service; also Education, Service to the Profession, Historic Preservation; Research, Urban Design, and Architectural Practice
Cyril W. Lemmon, FAIA (deceased) 1968 Public Service
Harry W. Seckel, FAIA (deceased) 1967 Service to the Profession
William Dickey Merrill, FAIA (deceased) 1966 Design
Alfred Preis, FAIA (deceased) 1965 Public Service
GeorgeJames Wimberly, FAIA (deceased) 1957 Design
Vladimir Ossipoff, FAIA (deceased) 1956 Design
William Charles Furer, FAIA (deceased) 1953 Service to the Institute
Hart Wood, FAIA (deceased) 1948 Design


Fellows currently living in Hawaii, but who received their nomination/elevation to Fellowship from another AIA Chapter:

Name Year Invested Investiture Chapter
Susan Lin, FAIA 2010 Chicago chapter
Dean Sakamoto, FAIA 2010 Connecticut chapter
Daniel Friedman, FAIA 2001 Cincinnati chapter
Lawrence Chaffin, FAIA 1992 Los Angeles chapter
Raymond Yeh, FAIA 1988 Central Oklahoma chapter
Elmer Botsai, FAIA (deceased) 1974 Northern California chapter


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