10 feb 17  |  AIA Chicago

Announcing 2017 Chicago Fellows

Congratulations to the 13 Chicago architects to receive the 2017 FAIA distinction.

AIA Fellows are recognized with the AIA’s highest membership honor for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. The prestige of FAIA after your name is unparalleled and the judging is rigorous.

Architects who have made significant contributions to the profession and society and who exemplify architectural excellence can become an AIA Fellow. Approximately 3 percent of the AIA’s 88,000+ members have this distinction.


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

Matthew Dumich, FAIA, Senior Architect & Project Manager, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Category Three: Led the Institute, Led a Related Organization

Matthew Dumich, FAIA advances mentorship, connectivity and outreach, empowering architect leaders. His groundbreaking initiatives bridge generations to promote and equip architects with tools and platforms for personal and collective success.

Matt leads a national conversation on design leadership, mentorship and firm culture. He is a frequently sought after guest lecturer and architecture advocate, speaking at universities, high schools, AIAS FORUM, AIA National Conventions and ARCHITECT Live. Matt is a consistent local, regional and national leader, currently serving as AIA Chicago President. He is co-founder of BRIDGE, a leadership program pairing emerging architects with FAIA mentors to discuss career advancement and the future of the profession. BRIDGE is informing the next generation, while establishing lasting, multigenerational relationships. In 2011, Matt led an Institute membership committee to establish a comprehensive marketing and communications plan resulting in the highly successful “I AM AIA” advertising campaign.

In practice, Matt promotes a culture of mentorship and licensure, enriching professional advancement opportunities and empowering teams to be successful. As a Senior Architect and Project Manager at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG), he fosters leadership across the team and shares expertise with clients and team members on the design and delivery of complex, high-performance projects domestically and abroad.