Architect David Rogers, co-design director of the Venice-based Jerde Partnership, an international architecture and design firm, has been selected as a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in the category of design.

AIA’s prestigious fellowship program recognizes a select number of architects each year who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. According to AIA, fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

Out of a total AIA membership of over 80,000, only about 3,000 members have been selected for the designation, according to the institute.

“David has been one of the key creative visionaries at The Jerde Partnership for nearly 25 years. He has helped advance Jerde’s philosophy of placemaking – the art of making places where people love to go – and the experiential environments he has designed continue to bring life and energy to cityscapes around the world,” said Janice Jerde, chief operating officer at Jerde. “We are delighted that David’s illustrious career and groundbreaking work has been recognized with this prestigious honor.”

Since joining The Jerde Partnership in 1988, Rogers has been responsible for a number of the firm’s most innovative, award-winning projects around the globe, a company spokesperson said. Most recently, Rogers was the design principal for the redesigned Santa Monica Place shopping center, which replaced an enclosed mall with an open-air district.

Among his other U.S. projects was the transformation of five city blocks in Las Vegas into the Freemont Street Experience with a barrel-vaulted, steel-framed canopy that comes alive nightly with an hourly digital light show.

Over the last two years, Rogers’ redesign of Santa Monica Place has received a number of awards.

Rogers and the other 104 AIA members who have been elevated to the College of Fellows will be honored at a ceremony at the 2012 National AIA Convention May 17-19 in Washington, D.C.

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