Get Involved

From Committees to Knowledge Communities and appointed roles, volunteering with AIA Colorado is the best way to build your leadership skills, gain new experience, meet colleagues, and shape the profession. Below is a comprehensive list of opportunities.
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Academy of Architecture for Health Knowledge Community

OVERVIEW

The Academy of Architecture for Health Knowledge Community provides educational and networking opportunities for members who work on healthcare projects and seek to advance this rapidly evolving area of practice.

STEERING COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES

Architect Licensing Advisor

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A board-appointed role, the Architect Licensing Advisor volunteers to help those pursuing licensure, working closely with AIA and NCARB. This is a two-year appointment.

Architecture Advocates Network Committee

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Members of the Architecture Advocates Network help to expand our advocacy efforts across the state and in local communities.

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Awards Committee

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The Awards Committee helps to plan the annual AIA Colorado Design + Honor Awards program, which elevates design and recognizes the accomplishments of individual Colorado architects and firms.

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Business of Architecture Knowledge Community

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Members of this team help to organize events and learning opportunities around the business side of architecture. Topics might include marketing, HR and legal, contracts/contract negotiation, and more. Interest will appeal to professionals with a variety of experience—from firm principals to mid-career professionals hoping to hone their practice management skills.

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Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program Committee

OVERVIEW

This committee is for past participants of the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program who would like to pay it forward by serving on the group’s Executive Committee for the following year’s program. (Committee already closed for 2022.)

College of Fellows Nominating Committee

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This committee helps members who are in the process of applying to the AIA College of Fellows.

Committee on the Environment

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This committee will review AIA’s 2030 Challenge and more to advance AIA Colorado’s imperative of environmental stewardship. The committee will build awareness of and promote the use of the Framework for Design Excellence and promote a survey to better understand how we can support firms’ efforts toward environmental stewardship.

Conference Committee

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Help plan AIA Colorado’s annual signature event, the Practice + Design Conference, which has historically drawn 600+ design professionals. This committee helps to select a theme, research and secure speakers, plan conference activities, and more. The fall 2022 conference will return to an in-person format. We appreciate volunteers who can identify topics and experts and offer creative special event ideas as we explore options.

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Disaster Response Coordinator

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State disaster coordinators are AIA members who will establish and maintain a relationship with state and/or local county emergency management officials, the chapter and AIA National. Coordinators help maintain a roster of potential volunteers and assist in Disaster Assistance Trainings.

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Editorial Committee

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The Editorial Committee is ideal for members who have an interest in storytelling and is open to volunteers beyond membership (i.e. marketing professionals or students). This committee develops content that advances the profession, provides insight into the life of an architect, and explores current issues and challenges for architects in Colorado.

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Government Affairs Committee

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This team follows issues of statewide concern to the architecture profession, with an emphasis on the Colorado state legislature. Whether you’re already familiar with legislative issues that affect architects or would like to learn and share your perspective, the Government Affairs Committee is a great way to get involved and help us define our advocacy objectives and policy priorities. Each legislative session (January-May), the GAC establishes a legislative subcommittee that proactively reviews all bills introduced. The subcommittee reports to the full committee regularly through the session as input is needed. Legislative Subcommittee members are chosen from returning members to the committee.

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Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) Committee

OVERVIEW

We believe that developing a profession that respects and values different experiences, backgrounds, beliefs and ideas propels architecture into the future and better positions our members to succeed. AIA Colorado seeks volunteers who support this association imperative to continue and build upon existing efforts to promote justice, equity, diversity and inclusion within the architecture profession in Colorado through events, programs, initiatives, partnerships, and research.

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Local Advisory Councils

Local Advisory Councils work with Section Directors to act as advisors and a team of volunteers who specialize in roles that serve members in a geographic area. Each section (Denver, West, North, and South) comprises of each of the positions below, for a total of 12 open positions.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CO-CHAIR (Denver, West, North, or South)
1-year term renewable up to 3 times

Prioritize and plan events for the local network of professional peers to gain practice insights and reconnect as colleagues. Gatherings are characterized by being accessible, unique, inclusive and mission driven. Examples include: Tours of area projects, factories, showrooms or firms. Knowledge Community programming. Local manufacturer or service provider content delivery. Lectures, forums, panels or town halls. Peer cadre social activities. Recognition of career milestones. Practice roundtables or campfire conversations. Identify suitable venues, recruit presenters and solicit sponsors. Work with staff to schedule and promote to avoid conflicts and maximize participation.
Focus: Internal Experience
Attributes: The intuitive thinker of the group. Has the ability to sense design and construction trends and be in tune with what members need from the to advance as a practitioner. Term length one year, renewable 3 times. 


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CO-CHAIR
(Denver, West, North, or South)
1-year term renewable up to 3 times

Maintain awareness of local government policies and guidelines, especially changes that impact the architecture industry. When needed, request assistance and analysis from staff to formulate a response. Identify civic officials to remain in contact with and engage on a recurring basis to position architects as resources to help solve community challenges. Invite other organizations with shared goals to partner and collaborate on joint efforts. Vet and recommend potential community service projects that best utilize architects’ skills. Assess public program requests through the lens of advancing the mission and objectives of the AIA.
Focus: External Outreach
Attributes:
 The citizen architect of the group. Has their finger on the pulse of the community and wants to see architects use their influence for positive social change. Term length one year, renewable 3 times.

MEMBER INVOLVEMENT CO-CHAIR (Denver, West, North, or South)
1-year term renewable up to 3 times

Serve on the AIA Colorado nominating committee, identify and recruit members to serve on Board of Directors, Standing Committees, Knowledge Communities, Working Groups and as Regional Ambassadors. Scout for talent and encourage people to become more involved and participate in the collective work of the organization. Welcome new members and help orient them to the association. Provide mentorship to first time volunteers and trusted counsel to experienced leaders. Be the point person for questions about volunteer opportunities available to section members and the source for recommendations of strong contributors.
Focus: Organizational Leadership
Attributes: The connected connector of the group. A people person who takes joy in helping others succeed. Ideally suited to a former director. Term length one year, renewable 3 times.

Regional and Urban Design Knowledge Community

OVERVIEW

The Regional and Urban Design Knowledge Community discusses issues related to the design of public spaces, land use regulations, and urban planning in Colorado.

STEERING COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES

State + Local Government Network Liaison

OVERVIEW

AIA National maintains the State and Local Government Network (SLGN), which provides a forum where members can share state and local legislative issues their component is tracking and ask for input from other members across the country. There are no restrictions on members joining the network, but components designate a formal liaison who agrees to actively monitor SLGN discussions and attend the annual SLGN conference on the component’s behalf. AIA Colorado appoints our liaison from within the Government Affairs Committee.

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