AIA Colorado Announces New CEO

Denver, Colo. Tuesday, April 9—AIA Colorado is pleased to announce that after conducting a nationwide executive search, the organization has hired Mike Waldinger, Honorary AIA as Executive Vice President & CEO.

Waldinger has served as the Executive Vice President at AIA Illinois—the fourth largest AIA state chapter in the country—for 18 years.

Mike Waldinger, Honorary AIA

Mike Waldinger, Honorary AIA

“Based on his experience with architects and his vision for the future of the profession, we believe Mike was the very best choice for this role,” said Carl Hole, AIA, AIA Colorado Past President and chair of the Executive Search Task Force. “His understanding of AIA history, combined with his knack for strategic innovation, is exactly what we need in Colorado.”

During his tenure, Waldinger has authored and negotiated laws on architecture practice, project delivery, building codes and sustainability; built an emergency response network of architects who were deployed to help communities recover from natural disasters; launched a leadership development institute; and increased visibility of architects through lobby days, industry partnerships and local awards programs.

Additionally, Waldinger serves as a special consultant to the Executive Vice President and CEO at the national American Institute of Architects, and has received numerous national honors, including a Component Leadership Award, a Distinguished Service Award and a Richard Upjohn Fellowship. He also cofounded AEC Cares, an organization which extends free architecture and construction services to communities in need.

“My career with AIA has been immensely rewarding so far, and I am excited to start this next chapter with AIA Colorado,” said Waldinger. “Colorado has set the pace of innovation for other state chapters across the country. I look forward to working in partnership with all 2,400 members and industry allies to advance the profession and build stronger communities.”


About AIA Colorado:

AIA Colorado empowers architects to design a better world where we all can live, work and play. As the voice of Colorado architects for over 125 years, AIA Colorado supports design professionals through advocacy, leadership development, education and resources. Our statewide network of more than 2,400 members includes architects, those working towards licensure and allied industry professionals.

Marisa Pooley, APR
Marketing & Communications Manager
marisa@aiacolorado.org; 303.228.3913