Three Texas architects are among the 101 AIA members elevated to the College of Fellows this year. This prestigious honor is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to architecture and society on a national level, and only about three percent of AIA’s more than 91,000 members hold this distinction. Architects who have been elevated to Fellowship can be identified by the designation FAIA after their name.

Visit AIA National’s website for more information on College of Fellows or to view the complete list of newly elevated architect Fellows.

Congratulations to the newest Texas Fellows!

Julie Hiromoto, FAIA
AIA Dallas

Julie Hiromoto is a principal and director of integration at HKS. An expert at delivering large-scale projects, including One World Trade Center, Hiromoto has received the AIA’s 2019 Young Architect Award, has taught sustainability courses at New York University, and is an ambassador for the International Living Future Institute.

Michael Hsu, FAIA
AIA Austin

Born in Taiwan, Hsu is now one of the most sought-after architects in the state — known especially for his urban restaurant designs. After studying architecture at The University of Texas at Austin, Hsu worked in the Netherlands and Dallas before returning to Austin. After 11 years working for the late architect Dick Clark, FAIA, Hsu started the Michael Hsu Office of Architecture.

Donald R. Powell, FAIA
AIA Dallas

By age 13, Don Powell was working commercial construction projects and on his way to an architecture degree from Ball State University. He began his career in Indianapolis, and four decades ago launched the firm now known as BOKA Powell. After planning and designing more than 35 million sf of architecture and interiors, Powell maintains that the best design solutions come from a thorough understanding of the problem and allowing that clarity to drive the process. He stays deeply involved in his projects from beginning to end and continues his professional education through executive graduate courses at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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