AIA Colorado Programs

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Meet fellow architects and advance in your career.

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 – November, 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.

Box City

April 2019; Colorado Springs

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

2020-2021; 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.

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Code Classes

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 Celebration

September 13, 2019; The Cable Center, Denver

This prestigious annual celebration 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 are featured in a variety of news outlets, including Colorado Homes & Lifestyles and ColoradoBiz. 

Emerging Professionals Bootcamp

Multiple Locations

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
  • Accessibility
  • Good Graphics, Sequencing and Cartooning a Set
  • Technology – current tools as well as emerging trends

Hard Hat Tours

Year-round, statewide

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.

Interested in organizing a hard hat or building tour? Visit our Local 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.


Ongoing; Fort Collins and Denver

We’ve heard from our members that finding a good mentor(s) is key to succeeding as an architect. Whether one-on-one or through group mentorship, we facilitate those relationships and help identify the conversations you should be having with a mentor.

The Denver Mentorship series concluded in Spring 2019 and will begin again in late Fall 2019. The Fort Collins Mentorship series began in January 2019 and concludes in July 2019. If you are interested in volunteering to coordinate a mentorship series in your community, please email Megan Concannon.

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Practice + Design Conference

Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2019; Breckenridge, Colorado

The 2019 Practice + Design Conference: Future Forward is scheduled for Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 in Breckenridge, Colorado. This annual event gathers over 600 architects and design professionals from across the state for education and networking.

This year’s event will explore the future of architecture through our theme, Future Forward. Rapid changes in the environment, technology and society are forcing us to think carefully—and quickly—about how we design the future. So how will the profession of architecture respond? What opportunities will architects face and how will they overcome the challenges of tomorrow?