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Black Spectacles Founder & CEO Marc Teer Joins AIA College of Fellows

AIA College of Fellows honors Black Spectacles Founder and CEO, Marc Teer

Chicago, Illinois - February 25, 2020 - Black Spectacles Founder and CEO, Marc Teer, joins 116 members and five international architects being elevated to the College of Fellows of The American Institutes of Architects (AIA) for 2020. 

The honor is awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the architecture profession. The fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Prospective candidates must have at least 10 years of AIA membership and demonstrated influence in at least one of the following areas:

  • Promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession; 
  • Promoted the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training or practice; 
  • Coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA or other related professional organizations; or 
  • Advanced the living standards of people through an improved environment.

“Although I get the ‘FAIA’ after my name, it’s not just about me, it’s about us,” says Teer. “It’s about all of the people who have coordinated this effort to help people advance their careers. Everyone from our team in Chicago to those who’ve helped with the lectures, namely Mike Newman, to the folks who’ve written practice exam questions and flashcards and our entire curriculum committees, to the mentors, advisors and friends who’ve supported us along the way. It really is a collaborative network of people who are working together to help get one more architect licensed.”

Fellows are selected by a seven-member Jury of Fellows. This year’s jury included Chair Paul Mankins, FAIA, Chair Substancearchitecture; Mary A. Burke, FAIA, Burke Design & Architecture PLLC; Philip Castillo, FAIA, Jahn; Mary Johnston, FAIA, Johnston Architects, LLC; Nancy Rogo Trainer, FAIA, Drexel University; Steven Spurlock, FAIA, Quinn Evans Architects and Anna Wu, FAIA, University of North Carolina, Durham, North Carolina.

To see the complete list visit the fellows directory.


Marc Teer is the founder and CEO of Black Spectacles, a former award-winning architect at Gensler, Assistant Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Chair of AIA Chicago's Young Architects Forum. Marc founded Black Spectacles in 2010 to advance the creative potential of architecture and design through online learning.


Black Spectacles is an online learning platform for architects and designers, offering ARE® exam prep and a software curriculum. Headquartered in Chicago, Black Spectacles provides aspiring architects educational resources on their path to becoming licensed and advancing their careers. We were the first and only NCARB-approved Test Prep Provider for all 6 divisions of the ARE.

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