April 6, 2017 – F. Michael Ayles, FAIA, NCARB, principal of business development at Antinozzi Associates, has been elevated to the College of Fellows by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

He has been involved with AIA for over 25 years, serving at local, regional, and national levels on numerous committees and constituency groups. Having chaired many of these efforts, he most recently has focused on leading the AIA Center for Civic Leadership, which advocates for architects to use their knowledge to become civic leaders and enhance the quality of life in our communities.

Fellowship is the AIA’s highest membership honor, awarded to professionals for exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society.

Ayles joined Antinozzi Associates in 1994 and has led the firm’s business plan/strategy, marketing efforts, and staff recruitment and retention since 2006.

In Guilford, he chaired the Standing Building Committee, Historic District Commission, and participated on other major town planning and facility committees.

As a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), he serves as Connecticut’s Architect Licensing Advisor.  He is an active member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, University of Hartford Construction Institute, Connecticut Building Congress, and ACE Mentor Program of Connecticut.  Over 20 years, Mr. Ayles has participated as a panelist, moderator, facilitator, and speaker at numerous conferences regarding emerging professionals, the architectural licensing process, business development, leadership development, mentoring, and civic/community leadership.

Since 2007, he has served as an elected official on the Board of Finance, bringing a unique perspective regarding town/school capital projects, long-term visioning, and public relations to every issue he is involved with.  Most notably, Mr. Ayles was instrumental in the passing of a town referendum to build a new $92.2M high school in Guilford.  He also served on the Soundview Family YMCA Board of Managers and was heavily involved in guiding the vision of a new facility, now located in Branford.

Ayles has received several awards, including the AIA Young Architect Award, the Governor’s Prevention Partnership Corporate Mentoring Hall of Fame, 40 Under 40 awards from the Fairfield County Business Journal and Building Design + Construction, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, Roger Williams University.

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