American Institute of Architects College of Fellows Appoint John R. Sorrenti, FAIA, as Chancellor

AIA Fellowship Recognizes Significant Contributions to Profession of Architecture and Society

Washington, D.C. – December 16, 2015 – John R. Sorrenti, FAIA, founder and president of JRS Architect, P.C. has begun his new role as the 54th Chancellor of the College of Fellows for the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He was inaugurated at an event on December 3, 2015. The members of the College of Fellows elected Sorrenti citing his proven leadership and outstanding contributions to both the AIA and architecture profession as a whole. The function of the College of Fellows is to promote the purposes of the AIA and to advance the profession of architecture, as well as to provide services to society.

“It is this love for architecture that ignites and energizes each of us to move our practice forward and we must sustain this energy and passion for future generations,” said Sorrenti at his inauguration.

Sorrenti will look to help the College of Fellows accomplish three goals: increase mentorship; broaden the College of Fellow’s financial base; increase our visibility of the College to the public and the Institute.

With forty years of experience, Sorrenti has covered the full spectrum of the design profession, designing many buildings from the ground up as well as numerous relocation and interior design projects.  He has held numerous elected positions at the AIA including President of AIA New York State and Vice President of the AIA National. Sorrenti received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the AIA Long Island Chapter in 2008.  Sorrenti served six years as the National Chair for AIA College of Fellows Regional Representatives and a three year term as Regional Director on the National Board for NCARB.

Through Sorrenti’s efforts, his firm has grown from six people starting in 1986 to over twenty people today.  JRS has developed design expertise in the corporate, education, financial, healthcare, hospitality and retail markets. Additionally under Sorrenti’s leadership in 2007, JRS created a wholly owned subsidiary that specializes in Historic Preservation. 

Sorrenti earned a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the New York Institute of Technology and Master of Architecture degree from Ohio University.

About the College of Fellows
The College of Fellows, founded in 1952, is composed of members of the American Institute of Architects who are elected to Fellowship by a jury of their peers. Fellowship is one of highest honor the AIA can bestow upon a member. Elevation to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also elevates before the public and the profession those architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and to society. Visit

About The American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit

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