The Board of Directors of top international architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman announced that Washington, DC Principal Matthew J. Bell has been elected to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows. Election to the College status is awarded by a jury of peers and recognizes achievements of national significance in advancing the architectural profession.

“I am very pleased to be part of the College of Fellows. Elevation to Fellowship is a great honor,” says Bell, “and I am grateful to be part of such a unique group of talented and accomplished fellow architects.”

The 2013 AIA Jury of Fellows elevated 122 members out of a total membership of over 80,000. Fewer than 3,000 members have been distinguished with elevation to fellowship. The 2013 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony in Denver, Colorado on June 21, 2013 during the National AIA Convention.

Matthew J. Bell FAIA joined Perkins Eastman in 2011, prior he was a principal with EE&K Architects for more than 11 years and has been a practicing architect and professor of architecture for more than 25 years. His national and international architectural and urban design experience ranges from urban buildings and neighborhoods and implementation of new towns, campuses and large scale development projects.

As a Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, Matt teaches architectural and urban design at all levels of the studio curriculum and has spearheaded the schools efforts at the archaeological site of Stabiae, Italy.