Bloomfield Hills, Mich., January 16, 2018 – John Castellana, FAIA, Chairman of TMP Architecture, was elected Secretary of the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows Executive Committee.
John was honored as a member of the College of Fellows with the American Institute of Architects in 1988. He was chosen for his outstanding professional achievements at the young age of 39, the youngest architect to be selected in Michigan and one of the youngest nationally. John served as the Chair of the Jury of Fellows in 2015. It was through his involvement with the Jury and his dedication to the College of Fellows that led to his election to the Executive Committee. John has been recognized by AIA for his exceptional design talents and commitment to educational planning, receiving the Detroit Chapter AIA Gold Medal and the AIA Michigan Gold Medal.
John was formally confirmed on December 7, 2017 into his new role as Secretary in Washington D.C. at the College of Fellows Annual Inauguration Event. John will serve as Secretary for two years, followed by one year as Vice Chancellor, and then as the Chancellor of the College of Fellows in 2021. It has been over 35 years since a nominee from Michigan has served as Chancellor (Bill Jarrett, FAIA, 1982). John notes, “The past work of the College has indeed been very important to our profession – I want to build upon the traditions of the past interspersed with bringing a fresh perspective.”
John received his Bachelor of Architecture from Kent State University in 1971 and his Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois in 1972. In 1974 he was selected as one of four Young Architects in the USA through a competition sponsored by Building and Construction magazine.
Throughout John’s 45 year career, he has concentrated his efforts on the planning and design of educational facilities that have received over 60 design awards. John’s expertise is also evidenced by his impressive national and international credentials. He was the past American representative to the International Union of Architects Working Group on Educational Facilities. He has been a featured speaker in the Netherlands, Germany, Argentina, England and Portugal and hosted and organized the 1998 meeting of the International Working Group at Cranbrook Educational Community.