Christ Kamages Elevated to AIA Fellow

On January 30th the 2015 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects provided public notice that Christ J Kamages, AIA, Principal of CJK DESIGN GROUP in San Rafael, was elected to the College of Fellows.  This is a great honor and distinction in recognition of Christ’s over 33 years of multi-faceted Service, dedication, creativity and excellence in the field and profession of Architecture.

You can read his official submission to the College of Fellows here

Dormition of the Panagia Chapel  - Ascension GOC Oakland

Dormition of the Panagia Chapel – Ascension GOC Oakland

St Demetrios GOC - Saco ME

St Demetrios GOC – Saco ME

In his practice, Christ has been able to merge the many elements of a user-based systems approach and ancient, historic sacred spaces to address the modern realities of budgets, sustainability, adaptability and flexibility to create buildings that meet the myriad needs of faith communities.

 

St Sophia Valley Forge, PA

St Sophia Valley Forge, PA

Holy Trinity GOC Carmel, IN

Holy Trinity GOC Carmel, IN

As well as helming his practice, he has been active through the years in writing, lecturing and mentoring.  One of his greatest strengths is his ability to educate, communicate and inspire the many groups involved with a project.  This creative and holistic thinking and the practical application of that spirit and energy is what has drawn attention to and distinguished him among his peers.

St Andrew Antiochian OC - Riverside, CA

St Andrew Antiochian OC – Riverside, CA

Monastery of the Holy Theotokos the Life Giving Spring - Dunlap, CA

Monastery of the Holy Theotokos the Life Giving Spring – Dunlap, CA

Christ Kamages, with his National practice focused on Faith-Based communities and unique project development, is honored to be elevated to the College of Fellows.

You can read his official submission to the College of Fellows here

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Established in 1857, the American Institute of Architects is a professional association made up of Architects and a related field, which seeks to “promote the scientific and practical perfection of its members” and “elevate the standing of the profession.”  Through the AIA, standards of ethics and business practice have been developed and members hold each other up to maintain the highest standards.  Each year, the AIA selects Architects from its membership to be elevated to the status of Fellow.  Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member. Elevation to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual but also elevates before the public and the profession those architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and to society.

To become a Fellow one must first be nominated and then the nominee must put together an application including a portfolio of work.  This Application should demonstrate how the applicant has served the Profession of Architecture and the Community at large through his or her work.  Out of the thousands of applicants, 147 have been elevated this year.  Out of a total AIA membership of over 85,000 there are just 3,200 members distinguished with this honor.

On Friday May 15, the 2015 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Convention 2015 in Atlanta.  The Ceremony will be held at the historic Ebeneezer Baptist Church.

 

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