March 15, 2024

Two School of Architecture Alumni Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently elevated 96 member architects and two honorary international members, including two School of Architecture alumni, to its prestigious College of Fellows.

Ann Marie Borys, Ph.D. G’88 (M.Arch II) and Jeffrey J. Pastva ’06 (B.Arch) have received this prestigious honor in recognition of their notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture.

Election to the AIA’s College of Fellows is one of the highest individual honors the institute bestows on members. Out of a total AIA membership of more than 98,000, only 3% carry this distinction.

The elevation to fellowship is conferred on architects with at least 10 years of AIA architect membership and demonstrated influence in at least one of the following areas: promoted the aesthetic, scientific and practical efficiency of the profession; advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of practice; coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture; ensured the advancement of the living standards of people through their improved environment; made the profession of ever-increasing service to society; advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education and training.

Fellows are selected by a nine-member Jury of Fellows. This year’s jury included Chair Sandra Barclay, Hon. FAIA, Barclay & Crousse Architecture; Andrew Fox Bromberg, Hon. FAIA, Andrew Bromberg Architects; Lisa Lamkin, FAIA, Brown Reynolds Watford Architects, Inc; Carl D’Silva, FAIA, Perkins + Will; Sanford Garner, FAIA, RGCollaborative; Margaret McFadden Carney, FAIA, Cornell University; Pamela Rew, FAIA, KSS Architects; Anne Schopf, FAIA, Mahlum; and Lourdes Solera, FAIA, MCHarry Associates.

“We congratulate Ann Marie and Jeffrey on the occasion of being elevated to the prestigious AIA College of Fellows,” says Michael Speaks, dean of the School of Architecture. “Such recognition is a testament to not only their singular achievements, which are impressive, but also to their significant contributions to the profession and society on a national level.”

Ann Marie Borys, Ph.D., FAIAAnn Marie Borys, Ph.D., FAIAAnn Marie Borys, Ph.D., FAIA is a professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington. As an architect and scholar who studies conditions of practice and the built environment as material culture, her research explores the relationship of construction, intention and meaning. Borys examines the ideas and influences that contribute to design and their relationship to the physical and experiential qualities of architecture.

Borys began practicing architecture in Washington, D.C. and Boston area firms, achieving licensure along the way. She taught full-time at the University of Cincinnati in 1991 and joined the faculty of the University of Washington in 2010, where she regularly teaches an undergraduate integrated design studio, a required graduate history and theory course, and a required professional practice course.

Borys has published two books, “Vincenzo Scamozzi and the Chorography of Early Modern Architecture,”  the first English-language book on this 16th-century northern Italian architect, and “American Unitarian Churches: Architecture of a Democratic Religion,” which explores the denominational context for significant contributions to 150 years of American architecture and how they embody the unique social and cultural profile of Unitarianism in American history. Both books focus on shifts in the role of the architect and on interpretation of design as an expression of explicitly stated ideas and values.

Borys holds a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in architecture from Syracuse University and a doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, where she focused on Roman and Renaissance studies.

“I am incredibly honored to become a member of the College of Fellows and proud to be included in a group of accomplished colleagues advancing all aspects of the profession,” says Borys. “I am grateful to the honors and awards committee of AIA Seattle for the support and mentorship I received in this process, and for the esteemed colleagues that were willing to support me as well with their letters. This honor provides a sense of satisfaction in reflecting on certain struggles and challenges along the way—as well as the successes—and discovering that they all contributed to a larger purpose.”

Jeffrey J. Pastva, FAIAJeffrey J. Pastva, FAIAJeffrey J. Pastva, FAIA is the vice president of development at Scannapieco Development Corporation, a Philadelphia-based real estate firm. As an architect and certified passive house consultant, he has extensive experience designing housing—including affordable, student and senior typologies—for both single and multi-family projects as well as new and rehab projects. Previously, Pastva held senior project architect roles for traditional architectural practices in the Philadelphia area.

A longtime Philadelphia resident, Pastva is highly active in his local and national AIA organization, serving as the 2021 AIA Pennsylvania President and on the AIA Philadelphia board. He has also held the role of director of communications for the AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF) and editor-in-chief for “YAF CONNECTION” and the AIA College of Fellows “QUARTERLY” magazines.

At the civic level, Pastva served as co-chair of his neighborhood community organization’s architectural review committee, which set the precedent for design review committees throughout the city. He also initiated and led a community development partnership with AIA’s Blueprint for Better campaign, AIA Pennsylvania and the New Cumberland Borough in Pennsylvania that became a model for how national grant funding and an AIA state chapter could engage at a local level. The project was awarded an American Society of Association Executives Gold Circle Award in 2020.

Pastva has been amply recognized for his contributions to the field, including being named a recipient of the 2017 Young Architects Award by AIA, a year after he won the AIA Pennsylvania’s Emerging Professional Award.

Pastva holds a bachelor of architecture degree from Syracuse University and has been a licensed architect in Pennsylvania since 2011.

“Being elevated to the College is a tremendous honor and it means I have even more of a responsibility to give back to the profession,” says Pastva. “I have the privilege of earning this distinction in an early stage of my career and I pledge to provide guidance, mentorship and assistance to the emerging talent in our profession so they can reach their own potential and goals.”

For more information on the College of Fellows or to view the complete list of newly elevated architect fellows, visit the AIA website.