Architects Celebrate Fellows

Contact: Tara Rizzi, AIASB Executive Director (806) 966-4198
Organization: American Institute of Architects - Santa Barbara Chapter

Architects Celebrate Fellows
Reception to unveil commemorative plaque honoring AIA Fellows

Event Location: 229 E Victoria St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Event Date: June 15th, 2016
Event Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

SANTA BARBARA, CA, June 3, 2016– A cause to celebrate must not be missed! The announcement earlier this year by the national American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of the Class of 2016 of the College of Fellows included Architect, Cassandra Ensberg, FAIA. The only other women in Santa Barbara County to have be awarded this prestigious designation was Lutah Maria Riggs, FAIA in 1960. The Santa Barbara Chapter can also be proud to have among its early members the first architect to hold the designation of “Fellow” in 1897; Winslow Soule, FAIA (1883-1954). There have been 14 fellows originating from the Santa Barbara Chapter since Soule. Come help us celebrate this event.

“The achievement of Fellow is much like a life-time achievement award in other organizations and not easy to accomplish. We have two reasons to celebrate Ms. Ensberg’s accomplishment: the first women in 56 years to achieve this honor, and of course the honor itself is testament to the value architects bring to the community, and their own personal contributions to society.”
- Tara Rizzi, AIASB Executive Director

The College of Fellows was created in 1952 to provide a means to elevate those architects who have made a significate contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to the College of Fellows not only recognizes the achievement of the architect as an individual, but also honors before the public and the profession a model architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

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 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 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. Visit

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