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Alaska Architect Elevated to AIA College of Fellows


Charles “CB” Bettisworth

Photo courtesy of Bettisworth North

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – March 17, 2015 -- The American Institute of Architects (AIA), announced that longtime Fairbanks architect Charles “CB” Bettisworth was elevated to its prestigious “College of Fellows.”

The Fellowship program was developed to recognize architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a high standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals and their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. The 2015 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has elevated 147 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows. Out of a total AIA membership of 85,000, there are more than 3,200 members distinguished with this honor.

Bettisworth was principal in charge on many notable and award-winning Alaska projects including the TCC Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center (2013), Fairbanks International Airport Improvements (2009), Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center (2009), Denali Elementary School (2007), Birch Hill Ski Building (2003), Rabinowitz State Courthouse (2012), Fairbanks Marriott Springhill Suites (2001), and the Southeast Alaska Visitor Information Center (1995). He is well known in the profession for his outstanding mentoring and support to 2 generations of intern architects.

Among his many public service contributions, Bettisworth has served on many Alaska boards and commissions including the Fairbanks North Star Borough Planning Commission, Local Boundary Commission for the State of Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs, Board of the Alaska Professional Design Council, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Alaska Chapter Board of Directors, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Alaska Chapter / Northern Section Chair, Fairbanks Rotary, Golden Heart Community Foundation, Junior Nordics Organizing Committee, Chair for Event Fund Raising and the Fairbanks Downtown Association Board of Directors.

“I am humbled by this recognition, for doing something I thought all architects aspired to, nothing special, just what architects are expected to do,” Bettisworth said. “I also have to thank all those talented individuals, current and former employees, and design associates who have contributed so much to the body of work that this award represents.”

The new AIA Fellows, who are entitled to use the designation “FAIA” following their names, will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Convention on May 15 in Atlanta, Georgia.


Bettisworth North Architects and Planners, Inc. celebrates 39 years of community building in Alaska, providing architectural design, landscape architecture, interior design, and planning. The award-winning firm has 36 employees, with offices in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Recent notable work includes the Valdez George H. Gilson Middle School, Fairbanks International Airport terminal, Ketchikan Public Library, 188 West Northern Lights office building, UAA Kenai Peninsula College Student Housing, and Tanana Chiefs Conference Chief Andrew Isaac Health Clinic. Visit www.bettisworthnorth.com to learn more.

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