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5 Austin Architects Honored for Design, Community Work

AIA College adds Fellows

We knew Austin architecture was getting hot. Now a few of the architects who are making that happen are getting national recognition.

The Austin chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced Wednesday that five Austin architects have been elevated to the national AIA's prestigious College of Fellows.

The "elevation" (is it called that because they're architects?) recognizes both the architects' individual achievements. and their national architectural and social contributions, according to the AIA Austin website.

Here are the five Austinites who were elevated:

Ernesto Cragnolino, FAIA, of alterstudio architecture, which specializes in innovative residential design

Phillip Reed, FAIA, of Cotera+Reed Architects, a firm that focuses on work in the public sector and is responsible for that cool purple-lit makeover under I-35

Al York, FAIA, of McKinney York Architects, which did the stunning remodel of what is now the McGarrah Jessee Building as well as a number of civic projects

Larry Connolly, FAIA, of Connolly Architects, which specializes in animal shelters, such as the Bexar County Humane Society, above

Jim Brady, FAIA, of Page, which designed the AMLI building on West Second Street and multifamily housing in the Mueller development