Monday, February 27 | Submitted by Amanda Snelson | Downtown Central
Springfield architect, Andrew Wells, has been elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, distinguished for his design contribution to the profession on a national level, and only the second Fellow ever elevated from Springfield, Missouri.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) annually considers member architects for elevation to the College of Fellows, acknowledging their significant contribution to architecture and society, recognizing those who set the standard of excellence for the architecture profession. This year, the2012 Jury of Fellows elevated Andrew Wells, FAIA, co-founder of Dake Wells Architecture. AndrewWells, FAIA, was recognized for his contribution to the architecture profession through his commitment to design excellence and education. Andrew’s recognition states “Andrew is widely recognized for his ingenious responses to everyday constraints in unexpected places, creating inspired architecture that enriches the human spirit. His passion moves others to elevate the profession through design excellence for everyone.”
According to the American Institute of Architects, “The College of Fellows, founded in 1952, is composed of members of the Institute who are elected to Fellowship by a jury of their peers. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member. Elevation toFellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual but also elevates before the public and the profession those architects who have made significant contributions toarchitecture and society. The 2012 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects elevated105 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows. Out of a total AIA membership of over 80,000 there are over 3,000 members distinguished with this honor.”
Until now, Richard P. Stahl, FAIA, whose elevation came in 1996, was the only architect from Springfield, Missouri to have received the designation of Fellow from the AIA. Widely considered to be the grandfather of modern architecture in Springfield, Missouri, Richard P. Stahl, FAIA passed away in 2003. His work and contributions to the profession were recently honored in a retrospective exhibition at Drury University’s Pool Arts Center.
Andrew Wells, FAIA, will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the National AIA Convention in Washington D.C., May 17-19, 2012.
The 2012 Jury of Fellows included Gregory Palermo, FAIA, Chair, of Ames, Iowa (Iowa State University); Jeffery A. Huberman, FAIA of Charlotte (Gantt Huberman Architect, PLLC); Leevi Kiil, FAIA of Wayne, N.J. (Leevi Kiil Architect); Susan Maxman, FAIA of Philadelphia (SMP ArchitectsLTD), Crag Rafferty, FAIA of St. Paul (Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke Architects); Linda Searl, FAIA of Chicago (Searl Lamaster Howe Architects); Raymond Yeh, FAIA of Honolulu (University ofHawaii, School of Architecture).
About Dake Wells Architecture
Dake Wells Architecture is a design-centered practice specializing in architecture, interiors and graphics, with an emphasis on progressive and sustainable design solutions. The firm is committed toraising the level of architectural design excellence in the region, and has been recognized with numerous local, regional and national awards. Located at 401 West Walnut in downtown Springfield, Missouri, Dake Wells Architecture’s reputation is growing as the leader in intelligent design solutions for progressive clients. For more information, visit www.dake-wells.com.
About the American Institute of Architects
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the AIA has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857. With nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for its members in service to society. For more information, visit www.aia.org.