Israel Berger, CEO of Vidaris Inc., has been elected to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows. Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) is one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member, an honor that is restricted to those architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and to society, according to information from Vidaris.

“I am grateful that the national AIA recognizes the contribution of building envelope consultants, a field which I am passionate about,” says Berger. “My elevation to fellowship is a tribute to Vidaris’ members, particularly Bill Logan, Marc Weissbach, and the other principals in the firm. Going forward, we face new challenges of promoting innovative yet efficient systems, while advocating responsive and consistent performance criteria.”

Berger, the founding partner of Israel Berger & Associates, now a division of Vidaris, has been a specialist in the design and construction of building envelopes for more than 30 years. He

has directed the consulting, testing and inspection of curtainwall, windows, metal cladding, pre-cast, masonry walls, roofing and composite assemblies worldwide. His work encompasses many building types, including commercial, residential, and institutional in the United States, Europe, the Far East, the Middle East and South America, according to the company.

“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,” says Rick Bell, executive director of the AIA New York Chapter. “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.”

The 2013 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2013 National AIA Convention and Design Exposition in Denver in June.