Mills College Architect Elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects
Oakland, CA–February 03, 2012 Mills College is proud to announce that Campus Architect Karen Fiene has been elected to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for her significant contributions to the profession and society.
Fiene is one of 105 AIA members to be named a fellow this year. She joins a select group of approximately 3,000 architects who have been elevated to the College of Fellows; fewer than 4 percent of the more than 80,000 AIA members have been honored with a fellowship.
Among Fiene’s contributions to the Mills campus, she is the co-designer of the Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building, which became the first building in Oakland to receive platinum distinction from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). She is also a co-author of the book “Celebrating the Cultural Landscape Heritage of Mills College,” which details two periods of historical significance at Mills.
The AIA recognized Fiene in the category of government/industry. She will be among the 2012 Fellows honored at a ceremony at the National AIA Convention and Design Exposition in Washington, D.C. in May.