Montclair resident and HKIT Principal Thomas C. Brutting has been elected to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, Oakland-based HKIT Architects announced.

The selection panel recognized Brutting's influence on the profession as well as his award-winning portfolio of senior housing, multifamily housing, and educational facilities.

For more than the past 30 years, Brutting has strengthened the architectural profession and improved the lives of innumerable seniors by shaping high-quality buildings, education, advocating, influencing building codes and serving the community, according to HKIT Architects.

Brutting serves as founder and chair of the AIA San Francisco/East Bay Northern California Design for Aging Committee and is a member of the AIA San Francisco Housing Committee. He has also served as a board member of the St. Anthony Foundation for 10 years, including four years as its president. He earned a master's degree in architecture from Tulane University in 1977.

Fellowship is one of the highest honors the American Institute of Architects can bestow upon a member. The FAIA program distinguishes those architects who have demonstrated the highest standard of excellence in the profession; FAIA recognizes not only individual achievements, but also "significant contributions to architecture and society on a national level."

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-- Nicole Hoffschneider, HKIT Architects