By Zachary Taylor, AIA; 2019 AIA Colorado Board President

Zach-1_small for webI joined the AIA Colorado board because I believe you get out what you put in. I know that as an AIA Colorado member, I am surrounded by a network of hard-working, innovative professionals who share a passion for design, a conviction that it matters and a commitment to improving lives through their work. And I know that by volunteering as 2019 board president, I am helping to shape and grow our profession.

So far in this role, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and interact with members from across the state, learn from leaders across the country who are part of the national AIA network, and perhaps most importantly, dig into members’ needs and how they might shape the future of our profession.

As we approach the end of the second quarter, I’d like to share some updates with you from the board.

Legislative Session Outcomes

During this past Legislative Session, which ended May 3, we focused on the most salient bills which had the potential to impact architects in Colorado.

Through testimony and other forms of advocacy, we supported two bills (HB19-1260, which promotes the use of newer versions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and HB19-1292, which provides funding for full-time staff within the Colorado Resiliency Office.) We were pleased that both passed and were signed into law by Governor Polis.

AIA Colorado opposed SB19-169 as originally introduced, which would have forced businesses that have certain IT contracts with the state to install invasive monitoring software. As part of a broad coalition of stakeholders, we helped get the software section removed from the final version of the bill that passed.

To see the full legislative session report, click here.

Local Connects

During the first quarter we launched our pilot program, Local Connect, which enables and facilitates opportunities for members to organize meetups throughout the state.

These meetups are meant to help members network with and learn from peers in their local areas through one of three options, followed by a networking reception:

  • Hard hat tours
  • Firm roundtables/guest speakers
  • Local government panels/design charrettes with a government partner

So far, there have been four Local Connects: two in Denver, one in Basalt and one in Colorado Springs. We’ve been pleased with each of these events and the opportunity they provide for members to connect with one another. We look forward to hosting more Local Connects throughout the year.

If you are interested in working with us to plan a Local Connect in your area, see the simple steps here and contact Carin Haen to get on the AIA Colorado calendar.

Local Connects with the Board

As you know, the AIA Colorado Board of Directors spent this past winter conducting a nationwide executive search, which resulted in hiring Mike Waldinger, Honorary AIA as CEO.

We’re eager for him to begin his role on October 1 and are invested in ensuring a smooth and successful transition.

For that reason, the AIA Colorado Board of Directors will be hosting Local Connects throughout the state over the summer/early fall.

The goal of these events is for us to connect with members and explore together what it means to be an architect in Colorado—the unique challenges and opportunities—our state’s culture, and where our profession is headed in the future.

We hope that these meetings will provide insights for the board as we develop a path forward and equip Mike to best understand and serve AIA Colorado members when he begins.

Check the AIA Colorado calendar to see when we’ll be in your area, and be sure to check back soon if you don’t yet see an event scheduled.

AIA Colorado Design & Honor Awards

The AIA Colorado Design Awards Committee spent the spring developing the process and guidelines for the 2019 AIA Colorado Design & Honor Awards. The call for award submissions opened April 17 and the regular entry period closed June 3.

In response to member feedback, (spring was busy for firms) we extended the submissions process through June 14. In total, we received 149 Design Award Submissions.

The Design Awards Jury comprised of architects in Minneapolis will review the submissions in July and we will officially announce recipients at our celebration in Denver on Friday, September 13.

Contact The Board with Questions/Feedback

In an effort to be even more responsive to member feedback, we have redesigned the AIA Colorado website to include a “Contact” section in the top navigation menu.

There, in addition to AIA Colorado staff contact information, you’ll find each of the 2019 board members’ email addresses. Please reach out to us with concerns, questions and kudos.