Joseph N. Biondo, a principal of Spillman Farmer Architects in Bethlehem, is now a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Fellowship, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the AIA, shows a member who has demonstrated significant contributions to the profession and must exemplify architectural excellence. About 3 percent of the organization has earned the distinction.
This year, 178 architects received the honor nationally, including four from Pennsylvania.
Biondo said he is only the second person in the AIA’s Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter to earn the title of Fellow. The first was Robert A. Spillman, a founder of Spillman Farmer, who earned the title in 1997.
Biondo was nominated by noted architect Peter Bohlin of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, who Biondo worked for before joining Spillman Farmer.
Biondo joined Spillman Farmer in 2003 and was named a principal in 2011.
Biondo said he was honored by the designation.
“I’m very grateful to have had a history of mentors and colleagues who have supported and pushed me in my career,” he said. “I’m also grateful to the clients who have given us the opportunity to work on some great projects and to help build a better community.”
In addition to his work at Spillman Farmer, Biondo has served as an instructor at Lafayette College in Easton, teaching introductory design courses in the Department of Art since 2014.
An induction ceremony will be held in April at the national AIA annual convention in Orlando, Fla.