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News - 03.01.21
Jeff Dugan

Jeff Dugan elevated to the AIA College of Fellows

Each year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) selects members to be elevated to the College of Fellows—AIA’s highest membership honor in recognition of significant achievements and architectural excellence. Only 3% of AIA members have this distinction. Awarded for his notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture, we are proud to announce that Principal Jeffrey Dugan has been selected as part of this year’s class of AIA Fellows!

“Jeff’s leadership and collaborative approach has advanced the art and practice of architecture, creating a model for managing civic projects, weaving together policy, design, technical, and constructability aspects to achieve excellence. The results are projects that have improved communities and cities with positive impacts on the lives of millions of users. His work provides a template for architects to take leadership roles in service of the public interest.” – William Stein FAIA, Dattner Architects’ Senior Consulting Principal

Jeff’s commitment to shaping and elevating the civic realm, advancing community, and creating connections among all elements of urban life has found its primary expression in the planning and design of facilities for public transportation. While Jeff has devoted his efforts and expertise to transportation, he has also designed educational, institutional, healthcare, and housing projects – both new and renovations. Through these projects, Jeff reveals a keen understanding of how people move through space, how architecture affects mood and behavior, and how the relationship between a project and its environs can create, enhance, or spark the development of community.

Co-Chair of AIA New York’s Transportation + Infrastructure (AIANY T+I) Committee, Jeff has been responsible not only for the committee’s growth in membership, but for its prominence within the Chapter. His programs, advocacy, and related initiatives have raised the visibility and captured the attention of the profession and the public alike. Among his most prominent efforts is his leadership in shaping the Committee’s contributions to the Chapter’s Post-Sandy Initiative Report. In addition to conducting research and identifying illustrative precedent projects, Jeff undertook a strategic analysis of local and international case studies, resulting in three key approaches to the issue of resilience: defensive, adaptive, and passive.

“It is a great honor to be elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows—to be associated with architects that I hold in such high esteem. The case for Fellowship was based on my practice and leadership in designing innovative and precedent setting transportation and community facilities that advance and enrich the urban social infrastructure and transform the public sphere. After nearly a year of political, social, and public health crises, this FAIA moment has re-energized me.  This recognition affirms my belief that Infrastructure defines my community, it defines my practice, and it defines me.” – Jeff Dugan FAIA

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