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 talents, 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 build your leadership skills, gain experience outside your workplace, network with peers and even meet clients.

Academy of Architecture for Health Knowledge Community

This knowledge community meets monthly to learn more about healthcare design and to network with professionals who are shaping healthcare design in Colorado.

Architectural Advocacy Network

While the Government Affairs Committee helps guide AIA Colorado’s statewide initiatives, members of the Advocacy Network will help to expand our advocacy efforts across the state and in local communities.

2019 Steering Committee:

  • Board Liaison: Adam Harding, AIA; Roth Sheppard Architects
  • Drew Allen, AIA; Perkins+Will
  • Erin Braunstein, AIA; Davis Partnership
  • TJ Carvis, AIA; 4240 Architecture, Inc.
  • Amy Dery, AIA; DLR Group

Architect Licensing Advisor

A board-appointed role, the Architect Licensing Advisor volunteers 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.

2019 Committee:

  • Chair: Nan Anderson, FAIA; Anderson Hallas Architects
  • Board Liaison: Lee Hardies, AIA; Infusion Architects
  • Laura Mears, AIA; Open Studio Architecture
  • Cheryl Bicknell, AIA; CTA
  • Lisa Jelliffe, Jelliffe Strategies
  • Philip Cardi Esq.; Cardi, Schulte, & Ford LLC
  • Amanda Christianson, AIA; Rowland+Broughton Architecture
  • Rodger Evans, AIA; National Park Service/Denver Service Center
  • Dan Ritter, AIA; Hord Coplan Macht Architects
  • Frank Romero, Associate AIA; Sopher Sparn Architects, LLC
  • Adam Ambro, AIA; Gensler

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:

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.

2019 Committee:

  • Co-Chair: Daniel Nelson AIA; Tryba Architects
  • Board Liaison: Carl Hole, AIA; Stantec 
  • Co-Chair: Julianne Scherer, AIA; HDR Architecture Inc.
  • Joey Carrasquillo, AIA; Anderson Mason Dale Architects
  • Katie Cressall, AIA; SA+R Architects
  • Marisol Foreman, AIA; Perkins+Will
  • Gregory M. Friesen, FAIA; CSNA Architects
  • Elizabeth Hallas, AIA; Anderson Hallas Architects
  • Bobbie Jo Kinsey, PA; Pliteq
  • Macarena Rodriguez Casanova, Intl. Assoc. AIA
  • Kyle Webb, AIA; KH Webb Architects

Equity, Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee

We believe that developing a profession that respects and values different experiences, backgrounds, beliefs and ideas will propel architecture into the future and better position our members to succeed.

AIA Colorado is seeking volunteers to continue and build upon the work of the 2018 Equity, Diversity & Inclusiveness (EDI)Task Force, and promote equity, diversity and inclusiveness within the architecture profession in Colorado.

2019 Committee:

  • Co-Chair & Board Liaison: Ignacio Correa-Ortiz, AIA; RTD 
  • Co-Chair: Meg Schubert Allen, AIA; Stantec 
  • Leonardo Camargo, AIA; Gensler
  • Katie Coyle, AIA; Stantec
  • Diana Esquivel, AIA; CSNA Architects
  • Torrey Forester, Associate AIA; In-Flow Design Studio, LLC
  • Sarah Goldblatt, AIA; Self-employed
  • Margarita Gonzalez, Associate AIA; O&G PROPERTIES
  • Ali Joiner, AIA; Shears Adkins Rockmore
  • Sally Kavanagh, AIA; Kavanagh Consulting, LLC
  • Ely Merheb, AIA; verso llc
  • Lyris Sanchez, AIAS; Architectural Intern, Davis Partnership Architects
  • Lawrence Sykes, AIA; Humphries Poli

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.

2019 Committee:

  • Chair: Anthony Ries, AIA; MUES
  • Secretary: Brandon Gossard, Assoc. AIA; Anderson Hallas Architects
  • Board Liaison: Zachary Taylor, AIA; Taylor Architecture & Design, LLC
  • Greg Behlen, AIA; Tryba Architects
  • A. Bertram, Esq., FAIA; Bertram Law
  • Bob Binder, AIA; DLR Group
  • Phil Cardi, Esq., PA; Cardi, Schulte, & Ford LLC
  • TJ Carvis, AIA; 4240 Architecture, Inc.
  • Amy Dery, AIA; DLR Group
  • My Do, AIA; Stantec
  • Lauren Dundon, AIA; Semple Brown
  • Kevin Eronimous, AIA; Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects
  • Gale Frederick, AIA; Stantec
  • Erick Gilbert, Assoc. AIA; RMG Architects and Engineers


  • Chris Greenwald, AIA; Chris Greenwald AIA Architect
  • Heidi Hoffman, AIA; H3 Architects
  • Paul Hutton, FAIA; Cuningham Group Architecture Inc.
  • Barry Newton, AIA; Stantec
  • Holly Paris, AIA; Semple Brown Design
  • Scott Prisco, AIA; Denver Building Deptartment
  • Joede Schoeberlein, AIA; Civic Forum Associates, Inc
  • Scott Shea, AIA – Esq.; Beltzer Bangert & Gunnell LLP
  • Chris Stumm, AIA; DLR Group
  • Caleb Tobin, AIA; Faegre Baker Daniels
  • Mike Wisneski, AIA; Archdiocese of Denver
  • Alfred Zarlengo, PA; USA Colorado

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.

2019 Committee: 

  • Chair: Anthony Ries, AIA; MUES
  • Brandon Gossard, Assoc. AIA; Anderson Hallas Architects
  • TJ Carvis, AIA; 4240 Architecture, Inc.
  • Chris Greenwald, AIA; Chris Greenwald AIA Architect
  • Paul Hutton, FAIA; Cuningham Group Architecture Inc.
  • Scott Shea, AIA – Esq.; Beltzer Bangert & Gunnell LLP

Local Connects

If you’d like to connect with other architects in your area and don’t see what you’re looking for on the AIA Colorado calendar, then a Local Connect might be just right for you.

Local Connects are a pilot program in 2019 that enable you to organize one of three opportunities to connect with fellow architects in your area for networking, learning and good times. Advertise it to more members through AIA Colorado, and even apply for up to $50 to help cover the cost of supplies, refreshments, etc. Just follow the simple steps outlined here.

Options include: local firm roundtables & meet-ups, hard hat tours and engagement opportunities with government officials.

Member Voice Committee

We are seeking volunteers to help guide AIA Colorado’s content decisions and ensure that we are sharing the information, resources and articles that matter most to members and help the public to better understand the value of architects.

2019 Committee:

  • Chair: Drew Allen, AIA; Perkins+Will
  • Board Liaison: Rachael Johnson, AIA; Davis Partnership Architects 
  • Lauren Dundon, AIA
  • Bret Kudlicki, AIA; MOA Architecture
  • Jamie Michal, Associate AIA; Blue Spruce Construction Services
  • Beth Mosenthal, AIA; Anderson Mason Dale Architects
  • Jenny Narrod, AIA; CCY Architects
  • Brianne Smith, AIA; RB+B Architects
  • Parker Williams, AIA; Stantec

Practice + Design Conference Committee

The Practice + Design Conference Committee helps to select a theme, vet speakers and optimize the program for our annual conference, which draws more than 600 design professionals.

2019 Committee:

  • Board Liaison: Kaylyn Kirby, Associate AIA; Semple Brown Design
  • Chair: Frederick Gale, AIA; Stantec
  • Vice Chair: Kitty Yuen, AIA; BurkettEUA
  • Kurt Basford, AIA; Davis Partnership Architects
  • Beth Arnold, AIA; Open Studio Architecture
  • Elizabeth Cerny, Associate AIA; 505Design, Inc
  • Jocelyn Childs, Associate AIA; PARTi
  • Whitney Churchill, AIA; The Neenan Company
  • Ryan Goold, Associate AIA; Sopher Sparn Architects
  • Julian Lineham, PE; Studio NYL Structural Engineers
  • Jennifer Ramsey, AIA; 4240 Architecture
  • Adam Wagoner, AIA; RebekahAdam Wagoner [RAW] Design

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.

2019 Steering Committee:

  • Board Liaison: Cassidy Sanderson, Associate AIA; Poss Architecture + Planning 
  • Jeos Oreamuno, AIA; Van Meter Williams Pollack
  • Gregory Behlen, AIA; Tryba Architects
  • Eric Bottenhorn, AIA; Craine Architecture


Resiliency Knowledge Community

The Resiliency Knowledge Community meets monthly to discuss sustainable and durable design practices, public policy, timely adoption of building codes, disaster response efforts and more.