Amy Blagriff, Honorary AIA

Amy Blagriff

Interim CEO


As the interim CEO, Amy Blagriff is responsible for maintaining stability of the organization by working closely with the board of directors to implement AIA Colorado’s 2019 strategic goals and core services and directing the staff team and budget. As Interim CEO she is also directly involved as an appointed member of the executive search committee proving input on the final recommended CEO candidate selection.

Amy has more than 15 years’ experience working with AIA. Prior to her current role, Amy served as AIA Colorado’s Deputy CEO for three years and the Executive Vice President of AIA Honolulu for 12 years. While in Honolulu, Amy led the creation of the Center for Architecture, transformed the organization into a national leader, and was recognized as an Honorary AIA in 2014. Before serving AIA, Amy grew her passion for association management working for the American Society of Association Executives, the professional organization for staff leaders of trade and professional organizations based in Washington, DC.

She also served on the AIA National Council of Architectural Component Executives, the AIA National Board of Directors and the AIA National Executive Committee. Amy has also been honored with two different national service awards.

Outside of her work and service, Amy enjoys working on home improvement projects with her husband (most recently was the installation of a brand new mud room), cooking, running, hiking and reading. She also has a passion for travel, especially for exploring remote regions of Southeast Asia.

Favorite Book

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. Set in India in 1975 during times of turmoil, the book speaks to the strength of the human spirit and highlights the unexpected challenges faced by four strangers who are impacted by changing economic times. It’s a historical fiction with continued relevance today as we seek to balance competing priorities and address societal challenges.

Favorite Architecture

As a relative newcomer to Colorado, I was drawn here because of our state’s natural beauty. Like Hawaii, residents here place a high value on the outdoors and the importance of protecting and enjoying our outdoors wonderlands. With that in mind, I have fond regard for the Denver International Airport as a welcoming gateway to the Rockies and Colorado. The iconic canopy roof is both visually welcoming and memorable in that regard.