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An Update from Chair Peter Kuttner FAIA - September 2016

New England College of Fellows Update—September 2016 

1. Fellows Reception in Rhode Island on September 29, 2016

This year the COF Executive Committee is holding their Fall meeting here in New England. You should have received an invite from the AIA College of Fellows back on August 17, but this is a quick reminder. There will be an informal gathering on Thursday, September 29, from 6:00–7:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with old friends and other Fellows in the region. It will be hosted by Chancellor, John Sorrenti FAIA, Vice Chancellor Lenore M. Lucey FAIA, NCARB, CAE, Bursar Raymond "Skipper" Post FAIA, and our Secretary Ed Vance FAIA. I’ll be there as Bursar-elect. Please join!

The reception will be held in the Brian Room at the Maddock Alumni Center at Brown University, located at 38 Brown Street, Providence, RI 02912. RSVP to or 202-626-7464. It’s a great venue, good people, and food and drink…a COF trifecta.

2. New Fellows Breakfast

This year in April we continued with the 3rd annual New Fellows Breakfast, helping the new crew with the logistics associated with the annual dinner, the trek to Convention, and ways to contribute to the college.
3. Annual BSA Fellows Dinner

We held the 33rd Annual BSA Fellows Dinner late April at the St. Botolph Club in Boston. Thanks to Sara Garber and team we had the largest crowd in several years, with 74 architects in full regalia. Our guest speaker was Lee Moreau, a Principal at Continuum, the global design and innovation consultancy. Lee leads the firm’s Space Group and discussed a diverse group of projects with clients such as BBVA, Staples, P&G, Chili’s and Kaiser Permanente that blur the boundaries between content and experience. It was a good night for seeing friends we often only see once a year anymore.​
4. COF BAC Faculty Awards

The BSA College of Fellows annually recognizes two Faculty members from the Boston Architectural College for their “Excellence in Teaching.” The final selection had not been determined for us to announce them at the time of our annual dinner, but we are pleased to now congratulate C. Daniel Bass and Amy Van Lauwe.​

5. AIA Convention in Philadelphia

We were well represented at the May AIA Convention in Philadelphia. Investiture was held in the historic Levine Auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania, where we had 15 new Fellows welcomed in by our own Diane Georgopulos, as the 2016 Jury chair.

The COF also upgraded the annual Fellows Party to Friday night, and held it at Tod Williams and Billie Tsien’s Barnes Foundation. It was a spectacular event on a beautiful night. At the Saturday business meeting I was elected Bursar of the College of Fellows, and will fill that role for 2 years. Of course, convention was once again capped off by the Convocation Dinner, where the Boston tables applauded consistently, and loudly.

6. Demystifying Fellowship

After the dust settled on the 2016 Fellows, we had a meeting in early June with myself, Diane Georgopulos, and Emily Grandstaff-Rice, to dissect the Fellows application process. We used a new presentation developed by Ed Vance, which is designed to be read as well as presented. For the sponsors in this bunch, it can be found here.

There are some other materials available if you want to review the process even further. These include:

AIA Powerpoint
AIANY Vimeo (with George Miller)
AIA Podcast

7. Selecting a new COF Representative for New England

I am stepping down as the AIA New England Regional Representative from the College of Fellows Board as my term ends this year. I will remain the Chair of the BSA Fellows Committee and the Fellows representative to the BSA Board, but am moving up to the COF Executive Committee as Bursar next year. We will need to select a new Regional Representative, and are soliciting either volunteers or nominations. Please contact me at if you are interested.

8. 2017 Fellows Jury

For those of you sponsoring candidates this year (by all means do!), the new Fellows Jury has been announced, and includes:

Mary Kay Lanzillotta FAIA, (Chair)
Hartman Cox Architects
Peter Bardwell FAIA
Bardwell & Assoc.
Mary Patton Cox FAIA
Virginia Commonwealth University
Steve Crane FAIA
Marleen Kay Davis FAIA
University of Tennessee
David Messersmith FAIA
University of Texas, Arlington
Karen V. Nichols FAIA
Michael Graves & Associates

9. BSA Small Practices Network

Tyrone Yang, AIA (of Yang Architects, LLC) co-chairs the BSA Small Practices Network with Len Bertaux and Antonio Gomes. We still need to work with them on connecting members of the BSA Fellows Committee with the SPN. This seems to fit well with our mentoring interests. As mostly sole practitioners, they look for people they can reach out to for advice periodically. We still need people who might be interested in joining them to discuss possible help we might give each other.​

10. 34th Annual Fellows Dinner in 2017

The BSA Fellows Committee will be meeting soon to start planning the 2017 Annual Fellows Dinner in the next few months. Once again, we will try and get it on everyone’s schedule by year end. If anyone has feedback, suggestions of speakers, or other ideas, please let us know.