Two DLR Group Design Professionals Elevated to the AIA College of Fellows

DLR Group is excited to announce that CEO Griff Davenport, FAIA, and Justice+Civic Design Leader Andrew Cupples, FAIA, were recently elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows. Fellowship is one of the highest honors that the AIA awards. Fellowship celebrates AIA members who have made significant contributions to the profession and to society, who exemplify architectural excellence, and whose work has profoundly influenced the built environment.

Davenport and Cupples will receive their Fellowship medal during the Investiture of Fellows Ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York City. The Investiture Ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2018, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

“This is a great honor for Griff and Andrew, and having two Fellows recognized is also an honor for the firm,” said DLR Group Board Chairman Dale Hallock, AIA. “Griff has led DLR Group through a remarkable phase of growth since being named as a managing principal, and since 2013 as CEO. He is a champion of employee-ownership, expanding leadership opportunities for our people, and design. Andrew is recognized internationally for his enlightened approach to correctional and judicial design. He has dedicated his career to stand for the interests of some of the least empowered individuals in our society to improve outcomes for those individuals and communities.”

Based in Minneapolis, Davenport joined DLR Group in 1980 and has practiced his entire career with the firm. Under his leadership, DLR Group has grown from 426 to 1,200 employees; from 12 offices to 29, including expansion overseas; received 929 design awards, including 252 from the AIA; and DLR Group was recognized as ARCHITECT magazine’s #1 ranked firm in 2012.

Cupples works from DLR Group’s Los Angeles office. He joined DLR Group in 2012 and has been in practice for 42 years. His influence is profound and vast in the master planning and design of courthouses, correctional facilities, and youth detention centers. Cupples’ work has led the industry into a greater understanding of how the built environment affects the lives and the future outcomes of the incarcerated.

Out of 297 nominees this year nationwide, 152 were elevated to Fellow. Fellowship is bestowed in one of several categories: 1) Design, Urban Design, or Preservation; 2) Education, Research, Literature, or Practice; 3) Led the Institute or a Related Organization; 4) Public Service, Government, Industry, or Organization; or 5) Alternative Career, Volunteer Work with Organizations Not Directly Connected with the Built Environment or Service to Society.

Both Davenport and Cupples were recognized for achievement in category 2) Education, Research, Literature, or Practice.

Less than 3 percent of 90,000-plus AIA members have been elevated to the level of fellow for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society.