Three AIA Minnesota architects have been elevated to the College of Fellows (pictured left to right above):

William (Griff) G. Davenport, FAIA
Chief Executive Officer, DLR Group
A master mentor and practice accelerator, Griff designed programs and strategies that nurtured talent, fueled growth, fostered collaboration, and documented design value and shared them freely to seed success within the architecture profession.

Timothy J. Griffin, FAIA
Senior Research Fellow, Minnesota Design Center
Tim’s exemplary urban design and strategic planning career has focused on prototypical, participatory design and public engagement methods that underscore the force, impact and value of design advocacy, historic care and insightful future logic.

Matthew Kreilich, FAIA
Design Principal and Partner, Snow Kreilich Architects
Matthew has focused his career elevating common building types into transformative design experiences. Using restraint and minimal means, his work gracefully responds to context, climate and program from concept to detail resolution.

The College of Fellows

The 2018 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated a total of 152 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession. The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.  Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

Out of a total AIA membership of over 90,000, fewer than four percent of members are distinguished with the honor of fellowship. The elevation to fellowship is conferred on architects with at least 10 years of membership in the AIA in one or more of the following nomination categories:

  • Promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession
  • Advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice
  • Coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA and other related professional organizations
  • Advanced the living standards of people through an improved environment
  • Made the profession of ever-increasing service to society

The 2018 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York City. View the AIA National press announcement for the entire class of 2018 Fellows here.

About The American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit