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The American Institute of Architects Elevates Wisconsin Architect Tom Kubala to the College of Fellows

AIA Fellowship Recognizes Significant Contributions to the Profession of Architecture and Society

By - Mar 1st, 2021 11:35 am
Tom Kubala. Photo courtesy of AIA Wisconsin.

Tom Kubala. Photo courtesy of AIA Wisconsin.

Madison (February 26, 2021) –Wisconsin architect Tom Kubala, FAIA, Cedarburg, has been elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). This honor is awarded to architect members who have made significant contributions to the profession.

Tom Kubala is a co-founder of The Kubala Washatko Architects ( and his team’s contributions to Wisconsin architecture include the Milwaukee Public Market, the Madison Children’s Museum, the Charmant Hotel in La Crosse, the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo, and the Schiltz Audubon Nature Center in Bayside. They are also responsible for the addition to the First Unitarian Society Meeting House in Madison, WI, and Zhongguancun Elementary School in Beijing China.

As a member of the AIA College of Fellows, Kubala is being recognized for a lifelong effort to fully reflect the living world in architecture. In particular, Kubala’s approach to design has always been driven by a deeper belief in wholeness, recognizing architecture as a key piece to harmonize human interaction with the natural world. He is best known for reimagining the design process, reshaping the design studio into a team and modifying its working practices to unfold living buildings.

Out of a total AIA membership of over 95,000, only 3% are distinguished with the honor of fellowship. A total of 101 AIA members will be invested this year. The program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Elevation to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution as leaders in architecture and society on a national level.

Established in 1911, AIA Wisconsin is the state society of the American Institute of Architects. With around 1,500 individual members, AIA Wisconsin represents architects in private practice, business, industry, government and education, including twelve Fellows of the AIA.

Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing.  Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit

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