Local architect earns national honor


Brain Craig Courtesy American Institute of Architects Grand Rapids

A national society for architects elevated a local member to its College of Fellows.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) said last week that it is elevating one member of AIA Grand Rapids, Brian Craig, to its College of Fellows, AIA’s highest membership honor, for his “exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society.”

Less than 3% of members of the architecture profession achieve an AIA Fellowship, according to the organization.

New fellows were scheduled to be honored at a ceremony in May at the 2020 AIA Conference on Architecture in Los Angeles, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the event was postponed.

Brian Craig

Craig is founder and director of the Master of Architecture degree program at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

He continues to teach in the program with plans to retire from KCAD at the end of the spring 2020 semester, at which point he will transition to an advisory role at the college.

Craig holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from the University of Michigan.

AIA College of Fellows

The AIA fellowship program was developed to elevate architects who have “achieved a standard of excellence in the profession” and made “a significant contribution” to architecture and society on a national level.

Architects who have been elevated to fellowship can be identified by the designation FAIA after their name.

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