Volunteer with AIA Colorado


Make the most of your AIA Colorado membership by getting involved on a committee, task force or knowledge community.

We know that our members have diverse skill sets, which is why we provide a variety of opportunities for you to share your perspective, roll up your sleeves and work with your peers to develop new solutions for architects and design a better world for all of us to enjoy.

Plus, volunteering is the best way to network with your peers, to collaborate with professional affiliates and meet potential clients.

See below for a list of active committees, task forces and knowledge communities. If you’d like to get involved on one of these committees in 2019, check back in December for open applications or email Megan@aiacolorado.org.

To see details of upcoming committee meetings, visit our calendar.

2018 Practice + Design Conference Committee

The Practice + Design Conference Committee helps to select a theme and vet speakers for our annual conference, which draws more than 600 design professionals. To read more about the committee’s work, click here.

2018 Practice + Design Conference Committee Members:

Architect Licensing Advisor

A board-appointed role, the Architect Licensing Advisor volunteer to help those pursuing licensure, working closely with AIA and NCARB.

The 2018-2019 Architect Licensing Advisor is Avik Guha, AIA; Roth Sheppard Architects.

For more information, email axp@aiacolorado.org.

Business of Architecture Series Planning Committee

This committee helps to plan a business of architecture series, which is geared toward equipping mid-career architects with the business know-how, tools and resources necessary to lead stable, prosperous firms.

2018 Committee Members:

Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program Committee

The Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program (CKLDP) aims to train the next generation of leaders in architecture through a series of eight sessions. Each year, this competitive program accepts 16 emerging professionals to collaborate, learn together and develop as leaders in architecture. Click here for more information.

2018 – 2019 Executive Committee Members:

Denver Housing Knowledge Community

Maybe you don’t have time right now to volunteer, but you are still passionate about issues facing our state and would like to connect with other members who share your interest. In that case, an AIA Colorado knowledge community may be just right for you.

The group is currently working closely with city officials and other housing advocates to find creative solutions for affordable housing.

For more information or to join, email nikolaus@aiacolorado.org

Design Awards Committee

This committee helps to plan our annual design awards program, which celebrates great design and recognizes the many accomplishments of Colorado architects.

2018 Committee Members:

Emerging Professionals Bootcamp Committee

Sometimes what they learned in school is just not enough to really prepare young architects to thrive in Colorado firms. This committee plans an intensive workshop to enhance the skill sets of emerging professionals.

2018 Committee Members:

Equity, Diversity & Inclusiveness Task Force

We recognize that equity, diversity and inclusion are critical to developing a talented, high-performing industry, and we are committed to creating an environment, both within AIA Colorado and the broader architecture profession, that attracts, develops and retains individuals that reflect the clients they serve and the residents of our communities.

We need the help of committed members who share in our belief that developing a profession that respects and values different backgrounds, beliefs and ideas will propel architecture into the future and position members and firms to thrive.

THE GOAL of this task force, co-chaired by Meg Schubert Allen, AIA and Rachael Johnson, AIA, is to develop and present to the AIA Colorado board of directors a recommended action plan for AIA Colorado that addresses equity, diversity and inclusion:

1. within AIA Colorado, to remove barriers that diminish organizational diversity and equity and create a more inclusive and respectful environment where diverse perspectives are represented among the staff, board of directors and members.

2. within our firms and the Colorado architecture profession, to recommend ways to overcome professional barriers to entry and to encourage and advance equity, diversity and inclusion.

Task Force Members:

Emerging Professionals Committee

The 2018 Emerging Professionals Committee is charged with connecting architecture student, AIA Colorado associate members and members who have been licensed less than ten years with each other and with resources to support and advance their careers.

The 2018 voting roster for this committee has already been established, but you can still attend committee meetings as a guest and offer your perspective. 

2018 Emerging Professionals Committee Voting Members:

Fellows Nominating Committee

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

Committee Chair: Phil Gerou, FAIA; Gerou & Associates

Government Affairs Committee

As we seek to empower architects to advocate on behalf of themselves and their profession, we hope you’ll join us. Whether you are very familiar with legislation and bills that affect architects, or would just like to learn more and share your perspective, the Government Affairs Committee is a great way to get involved and help us define our advocacy priorities.

The 2018 voting roster for this committee has already been established, but you can still attend committee meetings as a guest and offer your perspective. 

2018 Government Affairs Committee Voting Members:

Legislative Subcommittee

An appointed subcommittee of the Government Affairs Committee, this group meets weekly during the Colorado legislative session (January – May) and helps us dig deeper to address specific legislation that affects the practice and regulation of architecture.

Path to Licensure Committee

This committee develops a program to help emerging architects prepare for the ARE (Architect Registration Examination) through a mixture of resource sharing, information on what to expect, study tips and more.

2018 Committee Members:

Regional Urban Design Knowledge Community

The Regional and Urban Design Knowledge Community meets monthly to discuss issues related to the design of public spaces throughout the Denver Metro Area. Currently, the group is closely monitoring revisions to the city’s Land Use and Transportation Plan (Blueprint Denver) and identifying opportunities for members to get involved with placemaking initiatives in their neighborhoods.

For more information or to join, email nikolaus@aiacolorado.org.