Perkins Eastman Announces Principal Matthew J. Bell Elevated to AIA National College of Fellows

Words: Bronzella Cleveland
Matthew Bell FAIA

International architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman announced that Washington, D.C., Principal Matthew J. Bell (pictured) has been elected to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows. Election to the College status is awarded by a jury of peers and recognizes achievements of national significance in advancing the architectural profession.

"I am very pleased to be part of the College of Fellows. Elevation to Fellowship is a great honor," says Bell, "and I am grateful to be part of such a unique group of talented and accomplished fellow architects."

The 2013 AIA Jury of Fellows elevated 122 members out of a total membership of more than 80,000. Fewer than 3,000 members have been distinguished with elevation to fellowship. The 2013 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony in Denver, Colo., on June 21, 2013 during the National AIA Convention.

Matthew J. Bell FAIA joined Perkins Eastman in 2011, prior he was a principal with EE&K Architects for more than 11 years and has been a practicing architect and professor of architecture for more than 25 years. His national and international architectural and urban design experience ranges from urban buildings and neighborhoods and implementation of new towns, campuses and large-scale development projects. Creating a diverse portfolio of work has led Bell to unique insights into the urban environment and the design challenges facing our cities, towns, and suburbs.

As tenured Professor at the University of Maryland's School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, Bell teaches architectural and urban design at all levels of the studio curriculum and has spearheaded the school's efforts at the archaeological site of Stabiae, Italy.

Bradford Perkins FAIA, chairman and CEO of Perkins Eastman, said of Bell's honor, "We are all proud that Matt has reached this pinnacle in our profession by being recognized and honored. To date, 14 members of the firm have been elected to the College of Fellows. We believe that this is a testament to our commitment to excellence and leadership in each part of our firm."

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