American Institute of Architects elects AUP+D chair to fellowship

Joy Swallow honored among top two percent of AIA members

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently named Joy Swallow – chair of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design (AUP+D) – a 2011 AIA Fellow. To read the AIA’s official announcement, visit

“Joy is a focused leader, a superb educator and an articulate visionary for the integration of design disciplines,” said David A. Warm, executive director of the Mid-America Regional Council. “Joy’s influence extends well beyond campus – she is uniformly respected by the broader civic community as a thoughtful and collaborative problem-solver, and she is routinely invited to bring her energy and insights into community affairs.”

The AIA Fellowship program was developed to elevate 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.

The 2011 Jury of Fellows from the AIA elevated 104 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows. Out of a total AIA membership of more than 80,000, fewer than 2,700 members have received this honor.

The 2011 Fellows will be honored on May 13 at an investiture ceremony at the 2011 National AIA Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans.

About AUP+D:

The Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design (AUP+D) offers educational excellence for students who seek a career in the professions of architecture, urban planning and design, historic preservation, landscape architecture and interior architecture/product design. AUP+D seeks to produce planning and design professionals who will bring a fresh approach to the spatial problems of the 21st century. AUP+D builds partnerships with neighborhoods, communities and municipalities in the Kansas City region and beyond to engage in applied research and give students experience in their chosen field of study.

About UMKC:

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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