PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, March 12, 2015

AIA Inducts County Architect Robert Ooley to the College of Fellows

Santa Barbara, CA) – The 2015 Jury of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has inducted Robert Ooley, AIA to its prestigious College of Fellows. Ooley is recognized for his role as a municipal-public sector architect, and is the only County Architect in California to receive this designation since the founding of the College in 1952. The honor is awarded to members who have demonstrated significant contributions to the profession. Ooley will be honored in May at the 2015 National AIA Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta.

Ooley’s began his career as a draftsman with local architect and engineer Wm. Howard Wittausch and then later with Barry Berkus. He joined the County of Santa Barbara Office of the County Architect in 1989 and was appointed County Architect in 2002. Ooley is responsible for obtaining State and National Historic Landmark designations for the Santa Barbara Courthouse, installing the geothermal system at the Santa Barbara Courthouse and Lompoc Wellness Clinic, and shepherding various conservation projects at the Santa Barbara Courthouse.

Santa Barbara County Executive Officer Mona Miyasato remarked, “This is fantastic news, and very well deserved. The County is very fortunate that Mr. Ooley is part of our team.”

Founded in 1857, the AIA works to create secure and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides tools and resources to assist members in career and business development. The AIA also works with civic and government leaders and members of the public to find innovative solutions to community issues. For more information, visit


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