Architecture Professor Michael Fifield elected to national fellowship
University of Oregon Architecture Professor Michael Fifield has been elected to the College of Fellows in the American Institute of Architects.
Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA bestows, and is intended to recognize “a model architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.” Fewer than 2 percent of the 80,000 current AIA members have received the honor.
Fifield was nominated in the education category for advancing design excellence through teaching, administration, mentorship, applied research, writing, lecturing, architecture and urban design practice, and for leadership to the university, community and profession.
Other UO architecture faculty members who are FAIA include G.Z. “Charlie” Brown, Bill Gilland, Otto Poticha and John Reynolds.
Fifield has been tenured at three architectural schools. He served as director of the architecture departments at UO and Pennsylvania State University and at the urban design program at Arizona State University.
“As a result of teaching in three geographical regions, he has had a significant national impact on both students and faculty as well as to the profession and community,” says John Reynolds, an architecture professor emeritus at UO.
Fifield has served as a national peer reviewer for the General Services Administration; helped develop an architecture program at Frederick University in Nicosia, Cyprus; has conducted housing need assessments in post-tsunami Sri Lanka; and is immediate past president of the AIA Southwest Oregon.
“While an insightful architectural administrator, he has focused on the formation of students as critical thinkers and future leaders,” Reynolds says. “In academic positions, he extended his educational role beyond the classroom to that of providing outstanding design assistance to a wide range of governmental organizations.”
Fifield is also a practicing architect. His Live/Work Studio, a project he completed in Eugene in 2007 through his private practice (Fifield Architecture + Urban Design), is featured in a new book, "The New 100 Top Houses," which showcases outstanding residential buildings constructed around the world since 2005. It is due out in May by German publisher Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, a Random House affiliate.
Fifield received his master’s degree in architecture from UCLA in 1980, and his bachelor’s degree in architecture from University of California, Berkeley, in 1973.
Fifield and other new Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2011 National AIA Convention in New Orleans on May 13.