We know that our members have diverse skill sets, which is why we provide a variety of opportunities for you to share your perspective, roll up your sleeves and work with your peers to develop new solutions for architects and design a better world for all of us to enjoy.

Plus, volunteering is the best way to network with your peers, to collaborate with professional affiliates and meet potential clients.

Our committee application process ensures that opportunities are available to all AIA Colorado members, regardless of where they live and work; that each committee and task force includes representation from a diversity of firm size, gender, career stage and practice focus; and that committee members are qualified and passionate about the issue or program.

See below for a list and descriptions of the 2019 committees and task forces seeking volunteers. When you’re ready to apply, click on the Apply Now button to apply to one or more committees.

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Architectural Advocacy Network - New in 2019!

While the Government Affairs Committee helps guide AIA Colorado’s statewide initiatives, members of the Advocacy Network will help to expand our advocacy efforts across the state and in local communities.

Committee Responsibilities:

  • Creating and maintaining deeper relationships with elected officials (at both state and local levels)
  • Educating our membership on the value of advocacy
  • Providing support for members who want to get more involved in their communities
  • Increase our political fundraising capacity

Estimated Time Commitment:

  • Monthly meetings; January – December
  • Periodic local meetings with elected officials and AIA Colorado members

Business of Architecture Series Planning Committee

Event Dates: June 2019 – December 2019 (Six sessions total)

This program, launched with great success in 2018, provided business training to mid-level and senior architects interested in growing their leadership within their current firms or starting their own firms. The series of six half-day sessions covers a variety of topics essential for managing practices in the current economy, such as current trends in the industry, organizational structure, financial plans, human resources and more. The series concludes with the opportunity for attendees to create a personal vision/road map for their personal career goals.

AIA Colorado is seeking committee members with business management and/or firm development experience.

Committee Responsibilities:

  • Refine session/topic outline used in 2018 series
  • Suggest and recruit speakers for the 2019 series
  • Assist in development of handouts and homework throughout the series
  • Promote the series to friends and colleagues

Planning Timeline:

  • January: First meeting
  • February: Session outline finalized
  • March: Speakers contacted and confirmed
  • April: Series registration opens
  • June: First session

Estimated Time Commitment:

  • Weekly meetings January – March
  • Two meetings/month April and May
  • Monthly meetings June – December in preparation for each session

Design Awards Committee

Event Date: August/September 2019

We know that our members are leading the charge in excellent and innovative design, and they deserve credit for it. As in previous years, there will be a call for submissions for Design and Honor Awards, and the Design Awards Committee will help to define the criteria/selection process for the AIA Colorado Design Awards.The Honor Awards committee is selected by the AIA Colorado Board of Directors – the Honor Awards are not a part of this committee’s charge.

Committee Responsibilities:

  • Suggest refinements to awards categories based on last year’s feedback
  • Refine criteria for jury selection process; make recommendations on final jury composition based on short-list of available locations/jury candidates
  • Identify ways to further recognize emerging professional talent within the context of the design awards
  • Promote call for award entries
  • Provide input and guidance on the format for the presentation of the awards
  • Promote the awards gala

Committee Planning Timeline:

  • January: First meeting
  • By Mid-March: award categories and criteria finalized
  • April: Submissions open (committee reviews submission portal then helps to promote submissions)
  • July: Jury decisions made – notify recipients
  • July/August: Discuss program/event format

Estimated Time Commitment:

  • Weekly meetings January – April
  • Two meetings/month April – August

Equity, Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee - New in 2019!

We believe that developing a profession that respects and values different experiences, backgrounds, beliefs and ideas will propel architecture into the future and better position our members to succeed.

AIA Colorado is seeking volunteers to continue and build upon the work of the 2018 Equity, Diversity & Inclusiveness (EDI)Task Force, and promote equity, diversity and inclusiveness within the architecture profession in Colorado.

Committee Responsibilities:

This new committee will focus on:

  • Continued Research – maintain awareness of issues and use the task force’s preliminary research to establish goals & processes to track progress with EDI issues.
  • Outreach – engage with existing AIA Colorado programs and community initiatives, and serve as a conduit of information between members and board
  • Programming – serve as volunteer partners in implementing the programs and services related to EDI.

Committee Timeline:

Timeframe will be evaluated by the board each year to ensure goals and purpose of the committee can be carried on effectively. Committees should expect to meet in-person or via phone once a month, plus additional time to work individually.

Government Affairs Committee

As we seek to empower architects to advocate on behalf of themselves and their profession, we hope you’ll join us in our efforts on state-level issues and policies that affect our members. The Government Affairs Committee (GAC) is a great way to get involved and help us define our advocacy priorities. We are seeking twelve at-large voting members who can make a commitment to regularly attend monthly meetings and vote on matters presented to the committee. Prior advocacy experience is not a prerequisite. We seek members who have a passion for making a difference in our advocacy efforts.

Committee Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate proposed legislation (as identified by the Legislative Subcommittee) and make recommendations to the AIA Colorado board of directors on formal positions.
  • Work with AIA Colorado’s lobbyist on strategies and talking points relevant to legislation that affects the architecture profession.
  • Support efforts to build relationships with state legislators.
  • Draft policy and position statements for adoption by the board of directors.
  • Discuss statewide advocacy issues and recommend action.

Estimated Time Commitment:

  • Monthly meetings; January – December
    • The Colorado legislature is in session January through May.

Monthly GAC meetings are open to all members who wish to attend and take part in discussions. No formal commitment necessary.

Member Voice Committee - New in 2019!

We are seeking volunteers to help guide AIA Colorado’s content decisions and ensure that we are sharing the information, resources and articles that matter most to members and help the public to better understand the value of architects.

Council Responsibilities:

  • Engage with members throughout the state to identify issues of importance and trends in architecture.
  • Help define the content priorities, which will be shared with both members and the public via AIA Colorado’s website, blog, newsletter, press releases, magazine articles and more.
  • Help write, source and/or edit articles for via AIA Colorado’s website, blog, newsletter, press releases, magazine articles and more.

*Topics might include but are not limited to: working parents in the profession; firm parental leave policies; emerging professionals; affordable housing; the value of architects; growth in Colorado; design review boards; design inspiration; resources for architects; firm profiles; and more.

Committee Timeline:

This committee will meet in-person or via phone quarterly throughout 2019, plus additional phone calls as needed. Each member will be responsible for writing or sourcing at least one article or resource per quarter.

Practice + Design Conference Committee

Thursday, October 31 – Saturday, Nov. 2

An annual favorite event, the AIA Colorado Practice + Design Conference provides an opportunity for our members to hear from inspirational speakers, gain insights on new trends and technologies, and of course, network with like-minded professionals. The 2019 event will be hosted in Breckenridge, Colorado and this year’s theme will focus on the future of architecture.

Committee Responsibilities:

  • Brainstorm keynote speakers – help to make contact where appropriate
  • Assist in the development of the call for speakers
  • Promote call for speakers
  • Review speaker/presentation proposals
  • Recommend concurrent sessions and review schedule
  • Promote event
  • Attend and volunteer at the event

Committee Planning Timeline:

  • January: First meeting
  • March: Call for speaker/presentation proposals released
    • Promote to possible speakers March/April
  • May: Proposals due, committee review
  • June: Select Sessions
  • July: Review/approve schedule
  • August: Registration opens
    • Promote the event August – October!

Estimated Time Commitment:

  • Meetings twice a month January – July
  • Meetings once a month August – October

Regional Urban Design Knowledge Community

The Regional and Urban Design Knowledge Community meets to discuss issues related to the design of public spaces throughout the Denver Metro Area. Currently, the group is closely monitoring revisions to the city’s Land Use and Transportation Plan (Blueprint Denver) and identifying opportunities for members to get involved with placemaking initiatives in their neighborhoods.

Knowledge communities meet monthly to discuss issues on a specific aspect of the profession, with the goal of connecting with and learning from other members.  We’re looking for members interested in joining the steering committee for the knowledge communities. 

Steering Committee Responsibilities:

  • Plan monthly topics, which may include any of the following: presentations (by members or invited guests), round-table discussions, design charettes, meetings with stakeholders outside the architecture profession, etc.
  • Lead monthly meetings, which are open to any AIA Colorado members interested in attending (in-person or remotely).

Estimated Time Commitment:

  • Monthly knowledge community meetings; January – December
  • Monthly steering committee planning sessions; January – December
    • Mix of meetings or ongoing collaboration as applicable to the content being planned for any given monthly knowledge community meeting.

Resiliency Knowledge Community - New in 2019!

Resiliency in the built environment is a multi-faceted challenge for architects that includes sustainable and durable design practices, understanding and influencing public policy, timely adoption of building codes, disaster response efforts and more. We’re looking for members to take charge in advancing AIA National’s resiliency efforts and help members understand what resiliency means in Colorado. The Government Affairs Manager will assist the steering committee in planning and coordination with AIA National’s ongoing efforts. This is planned to be a Denver-based knowledge community that would meet monthly at the AIA Colorado office.

Knowledge communities meet monthly to discuss issues on a specific aspect of the profession, with the goal of connecting with and learning from other members.  We’re looking for members interested in joining the steering committee for the knowledge communities. 

Steering Committee Responsibilities:

  • Plan monthly topics, which may include any of the following: presentations (by members or invited guests), round-table discussions, design charettes, meetings with stakeholders outside the architecture profession, etc.
  • Lead monthly meetings, which are open to any AIA Colorado members interested in attending (in-person or remotely).

Estimated Time Commitment:

  • Monthly knowledge community meetings; January – December
  • Monthly steering committee planning sessions; January – December
    • Mix of meetings or ongoing collaboration as applicable to the content being planned for any given monthly knowledge community meeting.

Pitch your own knowledge community idea

We have capacity to support two additional knowledge communities in 2019. If you’re passionate about a particular subject, we want you to have the opportunity to find like-minded members and lead a new (or returning!) knowledge community.

To be considered, we’re looking for a steering committee commitment from groups of two-four members together. Your proposal will include a brief overview of the subject, how it fits into the AIA’s mission and an outline of meeting topics planned for the first year. If your proposal aligns with one of AIA National’s existing knowledge communities, let us know if you intend to build upon any topics in particular and how you see them applying to the architecture profession in Colorado.

Contact Nikolaus Remus for more details or to pitch a new knowledge community.

Knowledge communities meet monthly to discuss issues on a specific aspect of the profession, with the goal of connecting with and learning from other members.  We’re looking for members interested in joining the steering committee for the knowledge communities. 

Steering Committee Responsibilities:

  • Plan monthly topics, which may include any of the following: presentations (by members or invited guests), round-table discussions, design charettes, meetings with stakeholders outside the architecture profession, etc.
  • Lead monthly meetings, which are open to any AIA Colorado members interested in attending (in-person or remotely).

Estimated Time Commitment:

  • Monthly knowledge community meetings; January – December
  • Monthly steering committee planning sessions; January – December
    • Mix of meetings or ongoing collaboration as applicable to the content being planned for any given monthly knowledge community meeting.