• AIA Fellows 23

Five Texas architects are among the 73 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 94,000 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!

Bernita Beikmann, FAIA
AIA Dallas
Object 2 | Practice, Technical Advancement

Bernita Beikmann, FAIA, is a Principal and Chief Process Officer at HKS. She is responsible for business process management strategy and objectives. Her team develops, documents and introduces process improvements for HKS and monitors compliance. Bernita has a reputation as a Lean design advocate and is on the Board of the Lean Construction Institute.

Beikmann is recognized as a pioneer in Integrated Project Delivery. An early exemplar of collaborative methodologies, she created new team approaches, sharing her professional knowledge throughout the industry and serving as a national voice for design.

Beikmann was granted fellowship in object two, which is given to “architects who have made notable contributions through their work in the practice of architecture.”


Tenna Florian, FAIA
AIA San Antonio
Object 1 | Design

Tenna Florian, FAIA, is a co-leader of the Lake|Flato’s Eco-Conservation Studio. Florian finds purpose in creating architecture that promotes environmental stewardship through high performance design that strengthens the essential bond between humans and nature. With over 20 years of experience, Florian has proved to be a skilled listener and collaborator. She is committed to an integrated design process that seeks to fully realize the client’s aspirations and goals. Florian has been integral in developing green initiatives for Lake|Flato and the City of San Antonio, and her passion for innovative sustainable design has led to several award winning projects including Naples Botanical Garden, the AIA Honor Award-winning Confluence Park and the Dixon Water Foundation Josey Pavilion—the first certified Living Building Challenge project in Texas.

Florian’s visionary approach to design has a far-reaching impact. She leads and advances a sustainable, equitable, and collaborative design process that generates highly influential architecture that supports the well-being of people and the environment.

Florian was granted fellowship on object one, which is given to architects “who have produced distinguished bodies of work through design, urban design, or preservation.”


Adele Houghton, FAIA
AIA Houston
Object 6 | Research

Adele Houghton, FAIA, is President of Biositu, a strategic consulting company dedicated to leveraging environmental sustainability to enhance community health.

From 2005 to 2008, Adele served as Project Manager and Pilot Project Coordinator of the Green Guide for Health Care, a voluntary, best practices green building and operations toolkit tailored to the health care environment. In 2010, she acted as lead author of the LEED for Healthcare reference guide supplement, a LEED rating system that used the Green Guide for Health Care as a foundational document in its development.

Houghton lectures widely across the country on behalf of Biositu, LLC and as a USGBC Faculty member. In 2008, Healthcare Design magazine identified Adele as one of “20 Who Are Making a Difference” in the Healthcare industry.

Houghton, an international pioneer of a transdisciplinary field called architectural epidemiology, empowers architects to deploy research based co-benefits and leverage design to improve community health and advance climate action — a groundbreaking redefinition of value.

Houghton was granted fellowship on object one, which is given to architects”who have made notable contributions through their work in education, research, or literature.”


Mike McGlone, FAIA
AIA San Antonio
Object 3 | Institute Leadership

Mike McGlone, FAIA, is a founding principal of Alamo Architects. McGlone’s community-spirited project work is extensive, and he has spent many successive summer vacations leading youth groups to the border of Mexico building concrete-block “casitas” with Hands Together Ministries. He is a past president of both AIA San Antonio and Texas Society of Architects, and continues to serve in a variety of leadership roles at his church and other community organizations.

McGlone has reshaped AIA policies and practices to open and diversify its leadership pipeline, developed platforms to buttress emerging architects, and strengthened lines of communication and cooperation to energize and propel the Institute forward.

McGlone was granted fellowship in object three, which is given to architects “who have actively, efficiently, and cooperatively led the Institute or a related professional organization over a sustained period of time and have gained widespread recognition for the results of their work.”


Yen Ong, FAIA
AIA Dallas
Object 1 | Design

Yen Ong, FAIA, is a principal at 5G Studio Collaborative, overseeing the entirety of 5G’s widely published, award-winning portfolio, covering projects in the United States and Asia. As a co-founding partner, he directs architectural research and narratives that are pertinent and practicable to solve the contemporary issues facing the built world. Yen has twice led 5G, in 2017 and 2018, to be ranked 31st in the Design category among the Top 50 US Firms in the ARCHITECT 50 program run by the official publication of the American Institute of Architects.

Ong entwines matters of context, typology, and craft — to reframe places, purpose, meaning, and architectonic expression — into emotive works that are lucid, uplifting, and tactile with a nudge towards fantasy

Ong was granted fellowship on object one, which is given to architects “who have produced distinguished bodies of work through design, urban design, or preservation.”



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