The 2016 Jury of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated Terry Welker to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession.Welker will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2016 National AIA Convention in Philadelphia in May.
The Fellowship 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. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.
Since AIA Dayton was formed in 1899, Terry is the fifth architect from the Dayton region to be elevated to the AIA College of Fellows. Out of a total AIA membership of nearly 88,000, there are over 3,200 distinguished with this honor. Nationally, there were 149 architects elevated to Fellow this year, including three from Ohio with one from Dayton.
Terry Welker, FAIA, is an architect/sculptor serving the Dayton region as the Chief Building Official for the City of Kettering since 2000. He teaches fellow architects, engineers and construction professionals how to navigate the complexities of building codes and use them to serve their clients in the interest of good design and urban planning.
He is recognized by the AIA College of Fellows for his contribution to the practice of architecture, his work as a sculptor, and his lifelong dedication to the arts as a community volunteer. He was recently a feature artist on ThinkTV’s Art Show and is currently creating a large sculpture, Fractal Rain, for the Main Metro Library (see www.welkerstudio.com). A past President of AIA Dayton and AIA Ohio, he has also served on boards of the Dayton Visual Arts Center, Film Dayton and the Boy Scouts of America. He currently serves on Kettering’s Art in Public Places Committee.