SA Architect awarded AIA 2015 Honorary Fellowship

Renowned South African architect, Jo Noero (Noero Architects) has been awarded a 2015 Honorary Fellowship by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Red Location Museum, Jo Noero

The Fellowship is awarded to architects “of esteemed character and distinguished achievements who are neither U.S. citizens nor U.S. residents, and who do not primarily practice architecture within the domain of the Institute.”

Noero has been the recipient of several local and international awards, including the Ralph Erskine Prize from the Nordic Association of Architects in 1993, the Lubetkin Prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2006, and the Gold Medal for Architecture from the South African Institute of Architects in 2010.

Noero’s work has been exhibited at MoMA in New York, the Venice Biennale, the Sao Paolo Biennale, the Singapore Biennale and the National Gallery of Art in Cape Town. He was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA in 2001 and an International Fellow in 2010. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and an Alumnus of the Salzburg Seminar.

2015 Honorary Fellowships were also awarded to Pedro Gubbins Foxley, Hon. FAIA, of Gubbins Arquitectos Consultores (Chile); Hongyuan Mei, Hon. FAIA, of the Architectural Design and Research Institute of HIT (People's Republic of China); Fuensanta Nieto, Hon. FAIA, of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos S.L.P. (Spain); and Enrique Sobejano, Hon. FAIA, also of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos S.L.P. (Spain).

2015 Jury of Honorary Fellows:
Steven Miller, FAIA, Chair — Dubai, UAE; John J. Castellana, FAIA — Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (TMP Architecture, Inc.); Steve Crane, FAIA — Salt Lake City (VCBO); Brian P. Dougherty, FAIA — Costa Mesa, California (Dougherty + Doughtery Architects, LLP); Diane Georgopulos, FAIA — Cambridge, Massachusetts (Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency); Mary Katherine Lanzillotta, FAIA — Washington, D.C. (Hartman Cox Architects); George Miller, FAIA — New York City (Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects, LLP); Kenneth Schwartz, FAIA — New Orleans (Tulane University); Donald T. Yoshino, FAIA — Boca Raton (Yoshino Architecture, PA).

For the full 2015 Honorary FAIA Announcement, visit