February 16, 2017 Stuth Elected to AIA College of Fellows

Tricia Stuth, Associate Professor of Architecture, was recently elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. The Fellowship program elevates architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and society on a national level and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Only 3 percent of the 90,000 AIA members have earned this distinction, and Stuth is the sixth faculty member of the college to be elevated to this professional level.

Specifically, Stuth was elected in recognition of her work to advance the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training or practice.

Stuth’s dedication to understanding design as influenced by culture, technology, politics and place has allowed her to make significant contributions to the field of architecture and connect with students, faculty and professionals. She structures interdisciplinary courses, community partnerships and design/build education to embed student learning in real-world places, experiences and values.

Stuth joined the College of Architecture and Design in 2004, and in 2010, she received both the AIA Young Architect Award and the ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award. Beginning in 2009, Stuth and Robert French, Adjunct Associate Professor, led an interdisciplinary team of 50 students in a three-year design of a New Norris House, which was named a 2013 Top 10 AIA Green Project and received the EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet Sustainable Design award among other national awards. To advance design/build education, Stuth co-founded the college’s Design/Build/Evaluate initiative and recently penned a chapter for Designbuild Education, (Routledge, Feb. 2017).

In 2013, Stuth helped establish UT’s Smart Communities Initiative, a community-engagement, service-learning and research program, and has led two studios in support of communities in the region. She actively contributes to shaping the School of Architecture’s curriculum, most recently through collaboration with faculty to redesign materials and building technology courses.

In 2016, she and husband, Ted Shelton, FAIA, Associate Professor, were selected as Virginia Design Medalists and Affiliated Fellows at the American Academy in Rome. Much of the research from the Rome experience will be included in “For Operative Preservation,” an article Stuth and Shelton are writing for Change Over Time: An International Journal of Conservation and the Built Environment.

In addition to serving as associate professor, Stuth is co-founder and partner in the firm, curb. After earning Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Stuth practiced with several award-winning firms and contributed to the design of the Sidwell Friends Middle School in Washington, DC, which was the first school in the world to have an LEED Platinum rating.

This year’s class of AIA Fellows included 178 professionals. Many alumni and current faculty of the College of Architecture and Design also have earned this distinction. Current faculty who have been elevated to Fellow include

  • Marleen Davis
  • T.K. Davis
  • John McRae
  • Scott Poole
  • Ted Shelton
  • Tricia Stuth

Alumni of the college who have earned this distinction include

  • Keith Boswell
  • Charles Eley
  • Robin Ellerthorp
  • Gary Everton
  • Mike Fitts
  • Hunter Gee
  • Ron Gobbell
  • Duane Grieve
  • Kem Hinton
  • Greg Hnedak
  • Robert Jernigan
  • Ken Ross Jr.
  • Bryan Shiles
  • Randall Stout
  • George Thrush
  • Dan Watch
  • Barry Yoakum

The 2017 Jury of Fellows was comprised of Mary Katherine Lanzillotta, FAIA, (Chair), Hartman Cox Architects; Peter Bardwell, FAIA, Bardwell & Assoc.; Mary Patton Cox, FAIA, Virginia Commonwealth University; Steve Crane, FAIA, VCBO; Marleen Kay Davis, FAIA, University of Tennessee; David Messersmith, FAIA, University of Texas, Arlington; and Karen V. Nichols, FAIA, Michael Graves Architecture & Design.

For more information about the AIA Fellowship Program, visit