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American Institute of Architects Elevates David Barkin and Mariko Masuoka to the College of Fellows

For Immediate Release

Contact: Gina Calabro
Executive Director, AIA Connecticut  203-865-2195

AIA Fellowship Recognizes Significant Contributions to Profession of Architecture and Society

New Haven, CT, March 3, 2020 – The 2019 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated David Barkin, Chief Architect – Connecticut Department of Administrative Services/Construction Services, and  Mariko Masuoka, Principal, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects,  AIA Connecticut members, to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession. The 2019 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2020 in Las Angeles in May.

David Barkin, FAIA advances the profession with tireless leadership advocating for excellence in public architecture, support of significant civic improvements, and encouragement for higher professional performance standards within his community, the profession, allied organizations, and government.

Mariko Masuoka, FAIA has been the design principal-in-charge for academic projects, large-scale civic projects, commercial mixed-use developments, and master plans. Her projects balance and optimize sustainability, societal health and wellness, and client aspirations.

The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.  Out of a total AIA membership of over 95,000, fewer than four percent of members are distinguished with the honor of fellowship and honorary fellowship. The elevation to fellowship is conferred on architects with at least 10 years of membership in the AIA in one or more of the following nomination categories:

  1. Promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession
  2. Advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice
  3. Coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA and other related professional organizations
  4. Advanced the living standards of people through an improved environment
  5. Made the profession of ever-increasing service to society

About the American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, The American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well being. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world.

About AIA Connecticut:

Since 1905, AIA Connecticut has served the architectural profession, encouraging design excellence, working to improve society through a concern for the quality of the built and natural environments.  AIA Connecticut serves as a resource to architects and the public. Our membership of over 1,600 is comprised of architects, architectural designers working towards licensure, students, and professionals in allied fields.

For more information, visit AIA Connecticut’s website at