2018 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 1, 2018 – December 11, 2018; 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. Register for the full series or for individual sessions!

Box City

April 28; Eagleview Middle School, 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 design, permitting and constructing through a hands-on activity of building a city the size of a school gym out of cardboard.

Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program

September 2018 – May 2019; Statewide

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, six total; 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 or Boulder. Each class provides attendees with 7.5 HSW Continuing Education credits. Check the calendar for upcoming classes.

Design & Honor Awards Gala

September 7; Seawall Ballroom, 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. This gala is an opportunity to celebrate Colorado architects’ exemplary work with more than 400 attendees. The awards gala will be featured in a variety of news outlets, including Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, Colorado Construction & Design and Colorado Real Estate Journal. 

Emerging Professionals Bootcamp

Friday, September 28; Colorado Springs 

Recently graduated and unsure where to start? Whether you are still searching for a job or just started at a new firm, we want to help you launch into your career!

Join us for our Emerging Professionals Boot Camp, a full day of education designed to equip you with the information, resources and tools that you didn’t learn in school.

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

This program was designed by a committee of AIA Colorado members at various stages of their careers and with valuable perspectives on the knowledge that emerging professionals need to thrive in today’s firms.

This program is launching in Colorado Springs, with future dates and locations to come in 2019.

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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.

Interesting in organizing a hard hat or building tour? Visit our Connect page and follow the step-by-step planning guide.

Materials Matter Series

Fall 2018, five sessions; Denver Metro

Sustainability and building performance matters to our members and their clients. Through this five-session series, we will provide members with education, training and resources for choosing sustainable materials that have a positive impact on human and environmental health. Participants will learn about best practices, new technologies, building science and materials impacting buildings’ energy performance and resource usage.

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Member Milestone Reception

May; Three locations – Denver, Colorado Springs & the Western Slope 

We believe in promoting and celebrating career progression, from students to retirement. This celebration will recognize recent graduates, newly-licensed architects, Architectural Education Foundation scholarship recipients and new Fellows. Newly-licensed architects will receive a special AIA Colorado gift.

Register for the Denver reception.

Register for the Colorado Springs reception.


August 2018 – February 2019; Colorado Springs & Denver Metro

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.

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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!

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Practice + Design Conference: A State of Growth

October 11 – 13; Keystone Conference Center; Keystone, Colorado

It is no secret that our state is growing, and that it is AIA Colorado architects who are designing our future. We see the evidence of Colorado’s design transformation all around us—from Denver to the Western Slope, Fort Collins to Pueblo. With growth comes an increase in architecture billings and positive opportunities for firms, but as with any change, there can also be downsides and growing pains.

We will tackle the topic of growth at this year’s Practice + Design Conference. Spanning two-and-a-half days, 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.