Out of a total of over 80,000 AIA members, only about 3,000 members have received this distinguished honor.
Stewart, the founder of Belinda Stewart Architects, PA and past AIA Mississippi president, was honored in the Public Service Work category.
Anne Marie Decker, the current president of the Mississippi chapter of AIA, described Stewart in a congratulatory letter.
“Belinda has been serving her community and the state of Mississippi as an exceptional architect in the broadest sense of the term for many years. She is a trailblazer, a successful architect in small town Mississippi, the first female president of AIA Mississippi and now the first female Fellow of the Institute from Mississippi.” (Click here to read the full letter).
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.
Stewart and the 2013 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2013 National AIA Convention.