AIA Colorado Programs
Each year we offer a robust mix of programs that support our architect members throughout the state and at every stage of their career, celebrate their excellent work and help them give back to their communities.
Visit our calendar for more specific details and dates for each of the below programs.
Business of Architecture Series
June – December, 2019; Denver
This multi-part series is designed to equip mid-career architects with business know-how, tools and resources necessary to lead stable, prosperous firms.
This is a fun, one-day event, which teaches children and their families about architecture and construction. By the end of the day, participants will have learned about designing, permitting and constructing through a hands-on activity of building a cardboard city the size of a school gym.
Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program
August 2019 – May 2020; Denver
This program is ideal for ambitious young architects who want to further develop their leadership skills. After applying and being selected, participants generate a series of monthly programs focused on leadership development within their firms and their communities. As a result of this program, past participants have found new jobs and identified the areas that are most important to their personal and professional growth.
Year-round; Multiple Locations
These classes provide attendees with an in-depth discussion of code requirements and/or updates. They are offered throughout the year in Denver, Colorado Springs and Boulder. Each class provides attendees with 7.5 HSW Continuing Education credits. Check the calendar for upcoming classes.
Design & Honor Awards Gala
September 2019; Denver
This prestigious annual gala honors the work of AIA Colorado members of all career levels and recognizes them in front of their peers with a variety of design awards. It’s an opportunity to celebrate Colorado architects’ exemplary work with more than 400 attendees. The awards gala is featured in a variety of news outlets, including Colorado Homes & Lifestyles and ColoradoBiz.
Emerging Professionals Bootcamp
The Emerging Professionals Boot Camp is a day of education designed to equip new architects with the information, resources and tools that they didn’t learn in school. This program, launched in Denver, will be offered in communities across Colorado.
Speakers will cover a range of topics that you’re likely to encounter early in your career, like:
- The RFP Process
- Costing and AIA Agreements
- Project Management
- Life Safety, Code Analysis
- Good Graphics, Sequencing and Cartooning a Set
- Technology – current tools as well as emerging trends
Hard Hat Tours
These volunteer-led tours give members the inside scoop on design and construction decisions and implementation in some of Colorado’s nearly-complete and recently-completed buildings. Check the calendar for upcoming tours.
Interesting in organizing a hard hat or building tour? Visit our Connect page and follow the step-by-step planning guide.
Materials Matter Series
February – June, 2019; Denver
Sustainability and building performance matter to our members and their clients. Through this five-session series, we provide members with education, training and resources for choosing sustainable materials that have a positive impact on human and environmental health. Participants learn about best practices, new technologies, building science and materials impacting buildings’ energy performance and resource usage.
Member Milestone Receptions
December 2019; Multiple locations
We believe in promoting and celebrating career progression, from students to retirement. These celebrations recognize recent graduates, newly-licensed architects, Architectural Education Foundation scholarship recipients and new Fellows.
August 2018 – February 2019; Colorado Springs, Fort Collins/Boulder & Denver Metro
Path to Licensure Series ARE 5.0
August 2018 – March 2019; Denver Metro
The licensure process can be daunting, but the goal of this series is to make it a little easier by supporting members along the way.
Prep for the ARE (Architect Registration Examination) through a mixture of lectures by experts, resource sharing with fellow architects, information on what to expect, study tips and more. Each ARE 5.0 test will be covered in-depth through a series of seven sessions. You will also have an opportunity to attend study groups between sessions.
And the best part? This series has been tailored to fit your personal study schedule – attend all seven sessions or individual sessions, based on where you are in the examination process!
Practice + Design Conference
Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2019; Breckenridge, Colorado
The 2019 Practice and Design Conference is scheduled for Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 in Breckenridge, Colorado at the Beaver Run Resort. Join us for two-and-a-half days, during which you’ll have the opportunity to network with more than 600 design professionals, gain inspiration through keynote presentations, work with colleagues in interactive sessions and learn about new products and technologies.