Bill LaPatra Joins AIA College of Fellows

Date Posted: 03.01.2023

Mithun partner Bill LaPatra has been elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows. AIA Fellowship honors architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Among the AIA’s members, approximately three percent are recognized as fellows.

Over more than 40 years of practice, Bill has led a wide range of higher education, civic, commercial and corporate workplace projects. His diverse body of work includes the mixed-use 200 Occidental building, home to the Weyerhaeuser Headquarters in Seattle’s Pioneer Square; Princeton University Meadows Graduate Student Housing, which is among the largest Passive House projects in the country; and the award-winning and LEED Platinum certified UC Irvine Mesa Court Towers living-learning community.

In particular, Bill has been instrumental in helping grow Mithun’s higher education and student life practice to national prominence. He is recognized for advancing the design of student life facilities nationally through holistic support for students’ academic and social development, deep green building performance, and championship of design excellence within alternative delivery models (including design-build and P3 partnerships). Bill is a regular conference presenter, joining with housing professionals, contractors, engineers and developers to share lessons learned and exemplary models for design-forward collaboration within alternative delivery.

The 2023 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture in San Francisco on June 8.