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Connect with like-minded design professionals in your local area.

One of the many benefits of being an AIA Colorado architect is the ability to tap into the network of more than 2,400 members.

Each year, we develop a robust mix of statewide programming—Take a look at our programs page for more information or visit our calendar to see upcoming programs and events.

Additionally, you can connect with architects in your local area through a Local Peer Network.

We’ve made it easy for you to organize one of the below Local Peer Network opportunities. Simply select which opportunity you’d like to organize, follow the steps outlined below and we’ll support you through advertising, ideas and AIA announcements to share.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact Carin Poland.

New programs or partnerships with organizations beyond the scope of opportunities listed here must be considered in the context of AIA Colorado’s current programs, goals and capacity. We welcome your ideas to be considered in long range planning and encourage you to share them with our staff as well as the AIA Colorado Board.

Local Firm Roundtables & Meet-ups

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Goal: To network and share knowledge between architects, designers and AEC professionals in various communities throughout Colorado.

AIA member volunteer(s) coordinates with AIA firms to alternate hosting meetings. Hosts may include Professional Affiliate members.

Topic ideas:

  • Sharing current/recent work of the firm
  • Touring the firm
  • 10×10 slideshow, where guests are asked to contribute slides
  • talk about a recent architectural trip
  • invite a local government official for dialog on a current built-environment issue
  • discuss a policy/regulatory issue affecting architects and what needs to change

More Information & Guidelines

Refreshments: The host firm or volunteers may provide refreshments or have a potluck/BYOB.

Participant Cost: Free – advertised to members and for members

Sponsorship: No sponsor recognition beyond naming the host in the AIA Colorado event listing and email. As these are meant to be casual, low-or-no budget events, we kindly ask that sponsors not be recruited to cover extraordinary expenses, as this may dilute our annual fundraising efforts to cover AIA services.

Allowable expense reimbursements: $0

Continuing Education Credit: Members may self-report applicable experiences for AIA Learning Units by logging into aia.org and selecting “career,” “course self-report.”

Steps for Organizing

Interested in organizing a local firm roundtable or meet-up? Just follow these simple steps:

  1. At least 30 days out, the member who is organizing the roundtable/meet-up should email the AIA Colorado member & sponsor engagement manager at carin@aiacolorado.org to ensure there are no conflicts with other scheduled AIA programming.
  2. Determine and confirm the following:
    1. host name, location and contact information
    2. theme/topic
    3. date and time
    4. designated volunteer/host email address for collecting RSVP’s
    5. details participants will need to know in advance (BYOB, potluck, parking/transit info, bring slides to share, pre-reading, VIP guest biography, etc.)
  3. Once you’ve confirmed those details, email Marisa Pooley so that AIA Colorado can advertise your meet-up in the bi-weekly newsletter, website calendar and social media. (Information must be sent to Marisa at least one week prior to biweekly newsletter. See schedule.)
    1. If public policy issues are discussed, contact AIA Colorado Government Affairs Manager, Nikolaus Remus.
    2. Pending availability, member & sponsor engagement manager may be able to attend and deliver AIA updates. If staff presence is not feasible, staff will provide AIA updates and/or talking points for host volunteers to deliver to guests
  4. After the meet-up, email the following to Carin Poland:
    1. Photos
    2. A brief summary of the event
    3. A list of participants (including email addresses)

NOTE – host is responsible for participant safety. AIA Colorado assumes no liability

Hard Hat Tours

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Goal: To share knowledge by touring and experiencing design solutions first-hand. This is a great opportunity for emerging professionals to gain more practical field experience and insight.

AIA member volunteer(s) hosts an architect-led tour of a not-yet-complete or recently-completed building, providing an insider look for other architects and emerging professionals on design decisions, processes, construction and materials. Hosts may include Professional Affiliate members.

More Information & Guidelines

Refreshments: The firm leading the tour may provide refreshments or the tour group may designate a meeting place after the tour for refreshments and continued networking.

Participant Cost: Free – advertised to members and for members. Advanced RSVPs to event organizers/host are highly recommended to uphold safety and logistic standards.

Sponsorship: No sponsor recognition beyond naming the host in the AIA Colorado event listing and email. As these are meant to be casual, low-or-no budget events, we kindly ask that sponsors not be recruited to cover extraordinary expenses, as this may dilute our annual fundraising efforts to cover AIA services.

Allowable expense reimbursements: $0

Continuing Education Credit: Members may self-report applicable experiences for AIA Learning Units by logging into aia.org and selecting “career,” “course self-report.”

Steps for Organizing

Interested in organizing a hard hat tour? Just follow these simple steps:

  1. At least 30 days out, the member who is organizing the tour should email the AIA Colorado member & sponsor engagement manager at carin@aiacolorado.org to ensure there are no conflicts with other scheduled AIA programming.
  2. Determine and confirm the following:
    1. tour host name, location and contact information
    2. tour date, location and meeting time/length
    3. designated volunteer or host email address for collecting RSVP’s
    4. participants instructions (special parking/transit info, required clothing/equipment, post-tour meetup, etc.).
  3. Once you’ve confirmed those details, email Marisa Pooley so that AIA Colorado can advertise your meet-up in the bi-weekly newsletter, website calendar and social media. (Information must be sent to Marisa at least one week prior to biweekly newsletter. See schedule.)
    1. Pending availability, member & sponsor engagement manager may be able to attend and deliver AIA updates. If staff presence is not feasible, staff will provide AIA updates and/or talking points for host volunteers to deliver to guests
  4. After the tour, email the following to Carin Poland:
    1. Photos
    2. A brief summary of the event
    3. A list of participants (including email addresses)

NOTE – host is responsible for participant safety. AIA Colorado assumes no liability

Design Charrette with a Local Government Partner

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Goal: For architects to use their unique skills to benefit the local community by partnering with public officials and other local stakeholders.

AIA member volunteer(s) work with local government agency to define a local design problem and recruit volunteer architects and other AIA members to contribute to a charrette, which will help to inform local planning. Hosts may include Professional Affiliate members or local government officials/entities.

More Information & Guidelines

Refreshments: The host firm or volunteers may provide refreshments or have a potluck/BYOB.

Participant Cost: Free – advertised to members and for members, but host may opt to include guests, namely other community stakeholders who could provide valuable input to the process

Sponsorship: No sponsor recognition beyond naming the host(s) in the AIA Colorado event listing and email. As these are meant to be casual, low-or-no budget events, we kindly ask that sponsors not be recruited to cover extraordinary expenses, as this may dilute our annual fundraising efforts to cover AIA services.

Allowable expense reimbursements: $0

Continuing Education Credit: Members may self-report applicable experiences for AIA Learning Units by logging into aia.org and selecting “career,” “course self-report.”

Steps for Organizing

Interested in organizing a design charrette? Just follow these simple steps:

  1. At least 30 days out, the member who is organizing the charrette should email the AIA Colorado Government Affairs Manager at Nikolaus Remus to ensure there are no conflicts with other scheduled AIA programming. *More complex events may require a longer timeline for planning.
  2. Determine and confirm the following:
    1. host name, location and contact information
    2. date, location and meeting time/length
    3. designated volunteer or host email address for collecting RSVP’s
    4. Charrette description – what design problem will be addressed?
    5. any other information participants will need to know in advance (BYOB, special parking/transit info, pre-reading, supplies, etc.).
  3. Once you’ve confirmed those details, email Marisa Pooley so that AIA Colorado can advertise your meet-up in the bi-weekly newsletter, website calendar and social media. (Information must be sent to Marisa at least one week prior to biweekly newsletter. See schedule.)
    1. Pending availability, member & sponsor engagement manager may be able to attend and deliver AIA updates. If staff presence is not feasible, staff will provide AIA updates and/or talking points for host volunteers to deliver to guests
  4. After the event, email the following to Nikolaus Remus:
    1. Photos
    2. A brief summary of the event
    3. A list of participants (including email addresses)

NOTE – host is responsible for participant safety. AIA Colorado assumes no liability

Other Civic Engagement Opportunities with Local Government Officials

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Goal: For architects to use their unique skills to benefit the local community by partnering with public officials and other local stakeholders.

AIA member volunteer(s) work with local government agency to identify opportunities for architects to interact with and contribute to the local community. Hosts may include Professional Affiliate members or local government officials/entities.

Topic ideas include, but are not limited to:

  • Meetings with local building department officials to discuss permitting process, zoning or code issues;
  • Meetings with local boards or commissions with open seats where architects could provide relevant insight;
  • Meetings with the local mayor, city council representatives, county commissioners, state legislators to discuss current issues affecting the architectural profession or local built environment.

More Information & Guidelines

Refreshments: The host firm or volunteers may provide refreshments or have a potluck/BYOB

Participant Cost: Free – advertised to members and for members

Sponsorship: No sponsor recognition beyond naming the host in the AIA Colorado event listing and email. As these are meant to be casual, low-or-no budget events, we kindly ask that sponsors not be recruited to cover extraordinary expenses, as this may dilute our annual fundraising efforts to cover AIA services.

Allowable expense reimbursements: $0

Continuing Education Credit: Members may self-report applicable experiences for AIA Learning Units by logging into aia.org and selecting “career,” “course self-report.”

Steps for Organizing

Interested in organizing a civic engagement opportunity with local government officials? Just follow these simple steps:

  1. At least 30 days out, the member who is organizing the event should email the AIA Colorado Government Affairs Manager at Nikolaus Remus to ensure there are no conflicts with other scheduled AIA programming. *More complex events may require a longer timeline for planning.
  2. Determine and confirm the following:
    1. host name, location and contact information
    2. date, location and meeting time/length
    3. designated volunteer or host email address for collecting RSVP’s
    4. Meeting topic
    5. any other information participants will need to know in advance (BYOB, special parking/transit info, pre-reading, supplies, etc.).
  3. Once you’ve confirmed those details, email Marisa Pooley so that AIA Colorado can advertise your meet-up in the bi-weekly newsletter, website calendar and social media. (Information must be sent to Marisa at least one week prior to biweekly newsletter. See schedule.)
    1. Pending availability, member & sponsor engagement manager may be able to attend and deliver AIA updates. If staff presence is not feasible, staff will provide AIA updates and/or talking points for host volunteers to deliver to guests
  4. After the event, email the following to Nikolaus Remus :
    1. Photos
    2. A brief summary of the event
    3. A list of participants (including email addresses)

NOTE – host is responsible for participant safety. AIA Colorado assumes no liability