(Left to right: Abi Asojo, FAIA; James Garrett, Jr., FAIA, NOMA; Richard Graves, FAIA; Todd Grover, FAIA; and Nathan Johnson, FAIA, NOMA)
MINNEAPOLIS, February 27, 2023— Congratulations to the five Minnesota architects elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2023. AIA Fellows are recognized with the AIA’s highest membership honor for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. Architects who have made significant contributions to the profession and society and who exemplify architectural excellence can become a member of the AIA College of Fellows. Only 3 percent of the AIA members have this distinction.
Dr. Abimbola Asojo, FAIA, is a professor of interior design and associate dean of faculty at the UMN Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs whose multidisciplinary work directly contributes to the architecture profession’s future social equity and broader inclusion. She expands access to design education, providing cross-cultural, global perspectives to thousands of students.
James Garrett, Jr., FAIA, NOMA, is a partner at 4RM+ULA who brings architectural excellence to underinvested communities. He shares 20 years of award-winning projects with AIA members and chapters nationwide—offering influential new thinking and tools essential to the profession’s future.
Richard Graves, FAIA, is the research director at the Center for Sustainable Building Research and an associate professor of architecture whose pioneering leadership in sustainable design has transformed architectural practice. His focus to make regenerative design and green building effective through pragmatic application and innovation has generated national impact, advanced the profession, and benefited society.
Todd Grover, FAIA, is a principal architect at MacDonald & Mack Architects and UMN associate professor of architecture practice. He is a preservation leader and national advocate for Modernist Design. His teaching, award-winning projects, and widely-shared preservation expertise expand the profession’s knowledge and leadership in this increasingly critical field.
Nathan Johnson, FAIA, NOMA, is a partner at 4RM+ULA and architectural technology instructor at Minneapolis College. Through creating new strategies for diversity, Nathan Johnson transformed AIA Minnesota into a national leader for equity with proven tools that have become models for needed change within AIA and its components, nationwide.