Roger Schluntz, Fellow of The American Institute of Architects (FAIA), was inaugurated as the 60th Chancellor of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) last week.

Schluntz was elected Chancellor by members of the College of Fellows citing his leadership and service to the AIA, the profession of architecture, and the academy. 

Schluntz is Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Architecture and Planning. He received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and began his teaching career at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1968. 

As a member of the faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1969-1977, Schluntz was actively involved in urban design and planning issues affecting the City of Lincoln, including the award-winning Nebraska State Capitol and Environs study.

He was the executive director of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) from 1977-1980, before his tenure as the Director of the School of Architecture at Arizona State University, and his service as Dean and Professor of the School of Architecture at the University of Miami from 1992-1999. Schluntz has also served a three-year term on the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB), and was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 1996.

In his capacity as an appointed member of the National Register of Peer Professionals for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Schluntz has been involved with the selection of architects and the design review of public buildings for over three decades. He has also undertaken studies on design quality, design review processes, and urban design guidelines for the GSA, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other public agencies and universities. He currently serves on the International Competitions Commission of the International Union of Architects (UIA). 

The College of Fellows, founded in 1952, is composed of members of the American Institute of Architects who are elected to Fellowship by a jury of their peers. Fellowship is one of highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member. Elevation to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals but also elevates before the public and the profession those architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and to society.

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