We were pleased to welcome some 60 guests to our Second Annual AIA International College of Fellows Dinner in mid December at the RIBA Headquarters on Portland Place. This convivial gathering followed an excellent and compelling lecture by Steven Holl FAIA. The lecture is an annual event expertly organised by Lester Korzilius FAIA and Amrita Raja AIA, with the RIBA.
Our CoF Dinner guests included Steven Holl and Charles Jencks, Honorary FAIA Members; Eva Jirinca, John Tuomey and Sheila O'Donnell, Sunand Prasad, Jack Pringle, Rod Hackney and Michael Wilford with Grimshaw and Ian Ritchie Architects.
We were also joined by RIBA CEO Alan Vallance, President Ben Derbyshire, Past President Jane Duncan, AIA IR Leaders Stephen Miller and Lester Korzilius and a number of UK FAIA Members and UK Chapter Directors. A great group for our second annual event with a lively discussion on the stewardship of our profession
The 200 plus Honorary FAIAs are a significant untapped resource. Our idea is to use major Chapter events in the AIA IR, to invite the many Honorary Fellows to “ get involved ” with our mentoring and life-long learning programmes. It was again a very special evening in the Edwin Landseer Lutyens Room at the RIBA, and our outreach programmes to engage these honoured valuable members of the AIA family.
Written by: Stephan C Reinke FAIA RIBA, AIA College of Fellows, AIA International Region