City Tech is pleased to announce that Kevin Hom, FAIA, Dean of the School of Technology & Design, has been elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)—the highest membership honor for exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. The prestige of the FAIA award is unparalleled and the judging is rigorous; only three percent of the AIA’s 90,000-plus members have this distinction. Dean Hom will be honored at the annual AIA convention in Orlando, Florida, April 27-29, during the Fellows Investiture Ceremony.
Dean Hom has been selected due to his notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture through his dedication as Dean of the School of Technology & Design at City Tech as well as for his work in designing award-winning educational facilities. He has lectured widely at the national as well as at the international level and holds both Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Engineering degrees from Columbia University.
“The Fellowship designation is the highest honor the AIA can bestow upon a member. Elevation to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual but also elevates before the public and the profession those architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and to society,” notes the AIA. The College of Fellows, founded in 1952, is composed of members of the Institute who are elected to Fellowship by a jury of their peers.
Since his appointment in 2011, Dean Hom has been responsible for more than 6,500 students per year and nine departments of technology and design with particular emphasis on architecture, engineering, construction, and building operations. He has inspired changes that have turned the School of Technology & Design into an incubator and catalyst for new approaches to architectural education and for increased diversity in the profession. Leveraging the strengths of his faculty and staff and focusing on interdisciplinary work, Dean Hom removed standard departmental silos, leading the departments of architecture, engineering technologies, and construction management so as to reinforce one another—creating interdisciplinary courses and programs and promoting collaborative teaching and research.
Under Dean Hom’s leadership, the School of Technology & Design introduced two new degree programs: a BTech in Construction Management and a BTech in Engineering Technology, and started the process for a multi-disciplinary bio-science engineering degree. He has created a culture of collaboration and synergies among his departments by making technology—the unifying and indispensable tool for the building industry—the consistent educational thread.
As a teacher, Dean Hom educated, trained and inspired a generation of younger architects who have gone on to contribute to the design of higher education facilities, lead their own firms, and educate others. His Fuse Lab at City Tech is a generator of practice-focused student collaborations and of an innovative curriculum. Students are exposed to global urban challenges through international workshops and undertake internships with leading design firms.
Dean Hom’s own practice, Kevin Hom Architects, has been dedicated to sustainable design for higher education facilities. Focusing on higher education, research, medical, library, athletic, and master planning projects, the firm’s designs have received numerous AIA, NYC Fine Art Commission, and Society of American Registered Architects Awards, including their Firm of the Year Award in 2008.