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 ACHA Fellowship


The Council of Fellows was founded to advance the unique qualities of the profession of healthcare architecture by demonstrating and celebrating achievements of national significance. Fellowship is one of the highest honors bestowed upon a certificant of The American College of Healthcare Architects, who has shown distinction in fulfilling one specific Category of Nomination of their work and has demonstrated a nominee's individual impact in healthcare facility architecture.

Click here for the ACHA Fellowship Guidelines.
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Click here for the current list of ACHA Fellows.

2020 Application

  • The Fellowship Application will be available May 1, 2020. We will be launching a new online submission process; details available soon.  
  • All materials must be received by August 1, 2020 before 5:00 p.m. CDT.  All deadlines will be strictly observed. 
  • With the exception of current or past members of the Board of Regents, the non-refundable entry fee for this program is $100.00.  Payment details will be available May 1.​

Webinar: De-Mystifying ACHA Fellowship
In preparation for 2018 ACHA Fellowship, Jim Diaz, FAIA, FACHA, and Bill Hercules, FAIA, FACHA hosted a free webinar entitled De-Mystifying ACHA Fellowship, designed to address key points of the recently re-vamped Fellowship process.    

While there are many similarities between the AIA Fellowship process and the ACHA Fellowship process, there are some clear differences.  This webinar focuses on the unique qualities of this prestigious award, clarifies its purpose and illustrates key components of successful submittals.  

View the webinar slides here.
View the recorded webinar here​.

Categories of Achievement

Fellowship is granted to ACHA certificants who have shown distinction in fulfilling one specific Category of Nomination of their work as follows:  

Category One:  To promote the aesthetic, scientific and practical efficiency of the healthcare architecture profession. Fellowship in this category is granted to ACHA certificants who have produced distinguished bodies of work for healthcare clients through design and/or planning. This may be accomplished through individual or organizational effort. Works submitted may be of any size, of any scope. Works submitted​ may be of any size, for any client, of any scope, and reflecting any type of healthcare architectural design service.

Category Two:  To advance the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, research, training and practice. Fellowship in this category is granted to ACHA certificants who have made notable contributions through their work in healthcare education, healthcare research, healthcare literature, or the practice of healthcare architecture. Work in education may be teaching research, administration, or writing and should have a lasting impact, be widely recognized, and provide inspiration to others in the field and the profession. Research areas may include building codes and standards, specifications, new materials applications, or inventions. Practice may include firm management, administration, and project management within healthcare architecture.

Category Three:  To coordinate the general building industry and healthcare industries with the profession of healthcare architecture. Fellowship in this category is granted to ACHA certificants who have actively, efficiently, and cooperatively led and presided over the ACHA or a related professional organization of equal or greater stature over a sustained period of time and have gained recognition for the results of their work in healthcare architecture.

Category Four:  To ensure the advancement of healthcare through improved healthcare environments. Fellowship in this category is granted to ACHA certificants who have made notable contributions in public healthcare service, or work in healthcare government, or healthcare industry organizations through leadership in the development of civic improvements and needed governmental projects, or who have clearly raised the standards of professional performance in these areas by advancing the administration of professional healthcare affairs in their fields.

Although a nominee may be able to demonstrate distinction in multiple Categories of Achievement, the ACHA Fellowship Jury requires nominations, the submittal package, and references be focused on the nominee's single most outstanding Category of Nomination.

The nominee must have completed 10 cumulative years as a licensed architect prior to the nomination deadline, and also be a current ACHA certificant in good standing for at least the last 5 years.

If a candidate is denied advancement at three consecutive annual meetings of the jury, two years must elapse before a new nomination can be made.


ACHA certificants shall be nominated by a single sponsor who is already an ACHA Fellow or Fellow Emeritus.

All details and submittal requirements are available in the Nomination Package Outline​.  

​​Fellows Jury
The 2020 Jury consists of:

Sharon Woodworth, board liaison
John Pangrazio, chair
Anthony Haas
Tom Harvey
Rebecca Lewis
Angela Mazzi
Mark Nichols

Fellowship Application & Samples:

Fellowship Nomination Package ​Outline.pdf

Listed below are some exemplary submission packages that will serve as examples to others submitting Fellowship applications:

Fellowship Application Sample 1
Fellowship Application Sample 2
Fellowship Application Sample 3

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