Paret Elevated to FAIA

Doha – January 31  – The 2014 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated Thierry Paret to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession.

Thierry Paret will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2014 National AIA Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago.

The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.  Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

2014 Fellows

Out of a total AIA membership of over 83,000, there are fewer than 3,100 distinguished with the honor of fellowship and honorary fellowship. The elevation to fellowship is conferred on architects with at least 10 years of membership in the AIA in one or more of the following nomination categories:

1. Promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession

2. Advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice

3. Coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA and other related professional organizations

4. Advanced the living standards of people through an improved environment

5. Made the profession of ever-increasing service to society


Thierry Paret is an American architect who was both the founder and first President of the AIA Middle East Chapter from 2010 to 2012. He currently is the Treasurer and Director of the AIA International Region, the body responsible for the American Institute of Architects International affairs.  He has over 23 years of architectural experience with 10 of those spent in Europe and the Middle East. Thierry has served on AIA National’s Membership Committee (2012 -2013) and previously served on AIA National’s Community Committee.

Thierry received his Bachelor of Architecture from the renowned Pratt Institute in New York City. He is a registered architect in the States of New York, Nevada and the Republic of Ireland. He has extensive international experience and is well known in the Middle East. He has designed and worked on high profile projects in New York, Ireland, Abu Dhabi and Dubai prior to moving to Qatar. He has worked with AIA Award winning New York firms Wank Adams Slavin, Ralph Applebaum Associates and HDR. His work includes a broad range of public, private and corporate projects such as National Health Laboratories New York headquarters, the Jurassic Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, offices for the International Committee of the Red Cross. Whilst living in Ireland he led the design on projects for Genzyme, Johnson & Johnson, University County Cork, PM Group, Enable Ireland and Amgen’s European Headquarters. Thierry has also worked on large educational, corporate headquarters and high end residential master plan projects in the UAE.  He currently is a Design Advisor for the government of Qatar working on a wide range of initiatives and policies effecting projects throughout the country.