AIA Cleveland 125

AIA Cleveland Celebrates 125th Anniversary

The Cleveland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects was founded on October 11th, 1890, with 7 inaugural members. To celebrate this important milestone, AIA Cleveland created a legacy project titled the Cleveland Architects Project (CAP). The achievements of Cleveland architects have been extraordinary, and there has been a long and rich history of renowned architects passing through the offices of other legendary architects, along their journey in the profession.

CAP is an ongoing and evolving research project that illustrates the relationships among architects, their mentors and their protégés within the Cleveland area from the 19th through 21st centuries. The results of this research were compiled into a 125-year timeline along with a family-tree style diagram, which was revealed at the AIA Cleveland 125th Anniversary party November. Our goal is to continue to do research and build upon what we have started, turning the architects tree into an interactive and dynamic online document that can be utilized by architects, historians and students to learn more about our rich history.

To view the Cleveland Architects Project see link below:


If you are a current or former Partner of a firm and would like to be added to this lineage document, please submit your information at the link below:


The 125th anniversary was celebrated at the new Cleveland Institute of Art facility in University Circle on November 18th. Members of the chapter gathered to enjoy the 125- year timeline exhibit, as well as a panel discussion on the chapter’s accomplishments throughout its history. A proclamation was presented to the chapter from Mayor Frank Jackson as well as Cleveland City Council.

To view the timeline exhibit, of AIA Cleveland’s 125 year history, see link below: