Volunteer with AIA Colorado

One of the ways that Colorado architects display their commitment to designing a better world where we all can thrive is by volunteering with AIA Colorado.

We know that our members have diverse skill sets, so we provide a variety of volunteer opportunities for them to share their perspective, roll up their sleeves and collaborate to advance the profession and develop solutions for the challenges architects face.

AIA Colorado members can apply to serve on committees and task forces that have been created by the Board of Directors and have a direct impact on the programs and services we offer, the way that we advocate for architecture and the way we interact with our local communities.

Below you’ll see our current committees, task forces and knowledge communities that have already established their 2018 rosters.

For a list of committees that are currently seeking members and to apply, click here.

Current Volunteer Opportunities | Committees

2018 Practice + Design Conference Committee

Each year we host the largest gathering of architects in the state at the Practice + Design Conference. During the conference, members have the opportunity to network with colleagues, attend keynote presentations by national and global leaders in architecture, learn about new materials and technologies and share design inspiration. The 2018 Practice + Design Conference Committee will help us select the theme and vet speakers for the conference, which will take place October 11-13.

We received more than 15 applications to serve on this committee. From that highly-qualified pool, we’ve already selected the 2018 committee members, but if you are interested in serving next year or on another committee, email

2018 Practice + Design Conference Steering Committee Members:

Architect Licensing Advisor

Architect licensing advisors are local professionals, educators, and students who volunteer their time to help others pursue licensure and reciprocity.

As a licensing advisor, you’ll join the other Colorado licensing advisors at CU Denver, CU Boulder and those who hold this position in their firm.

You will also have the opportunity to connect to advisors across the other jurisdictions through NCARB’s licensing advisor community. The site is an invaluable resource to post questions, learn  what other advisors get asked by licensure candidates and how best to respond, and be up-to-date with presentation materials from NCARB.

This position is board-appointed and requires a two-year term commitment.

  • For more information on the position, click here.
  • If you’re interested in applying, fill out this brief application by January 24, 2018.

Business of Architecture Series Planning Committee 

This committee will help us plan a new business of architecture series in 2018, which will equip mid-career architects with the business know-how, tools and resources necessary to lead stable, prosperous firms. The committee members have been selected for 2018, but if you are interested in serving next year or on another committee, email

2018 Committee Members:

Box City

Calling all members who are interested in volunteering to bring architecture to the next generation! On Saturday, April 28, Box City will take place at Eagleview Middle School in Colorado Springs. This is a fun, one-day event, which allows children and their families to learn about and participate in the process of architecture and construction. By the end of the day, participants will have learned about urban design, historic preservation, city planning, creative thinking and problem solving, combining art and architecture, construction and engineering through a hands-on activity of building a city the size of a school gym out of cardboard.

If you’d like to volunteer, email Adam Thesing with your name and cell phone number.

Emerging Professionals Committee

The Emerging Professionals Committee represents student, associate and young architect members. Its purpose is three fold: to improve knowledge sharing, expand outreach, and advocate on behalf of Emerging Professionals at all levels through collaborative efforts and direct communication.
*Note that the voting roster has already been established for 2018, but you can still attend committee meetings as a guest and offer your perspective.

  • The 2018 roster is set, but if you’d like more information or to attend as a guest, email
  • Member Chair: Abby Noble, AIA

Fellows Nominating Committee

Considering applying for Fellowship? Or, are you a Fellow and interested in encouraging or helping others apply?

Fort Collins Infill Task Force

Whether you are a Fort Collins resident or just would like to share your expertise, this is a great way to help the Northern Colorado community. As part of this task force, you’ll work with a variety of Fort Collins stakeholders to envision the future of their community and the power of great design.

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. This committee is by appointment only and reviews bills to identify the ways they will impact AIA members and the architecture profession, and then recommends a course of action to the AIA Colorado Board of Directors.
*Note that the voting roster has already been established for 2018, but you can still attend committee meetings as a guest and offer your perspective.

2018 Government Affairs Committee Members:

  • Committee Chair: Anthony Ries, AIA; MUES
  • Committee Secretary: Brandon Gossard, Assoc. AIA; Anderson Hallas Architects
  • Members At-large
    • Thaddius (TJ) Carvis, AIA; 4240 Architecture Inc
    • Kevin Eronimous, AIA; Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects
    • Edy Garipay, PA (Professional Affiliate); Wasau Window and Wall Systems
    • Chris Greenwald, AIA; Architect
    • Frank Mataipule, AIA; Punch Bowl Social
    • Curtis Scharfenaker, AIA; Scharfenaker Urban Architecture
    • Scott Shea, AIA; Sherman & Howard
    • My Do, AIA; Stantec
    • Mike Wisneski, AIA; Archdiocese of Denver
    • William (Bill) Furman, AIA; Jacobs
  • 2018 AIA Colorado President: Carl Hole, AIA; Stantec
  • 2018 AIA Colorado President-Elect: Zach Taylor, AIA; Taylor Architecture and Design
  • Local Section Advocacy Directors
    • South: John Goodloe, AIA; Goodloe Architecture, Inc.
    • West: Heidi Hoffmann, AIA; H3 Architects
    • Denver: Dominic Weilmeister, AIA; Stantec
    • North – vacant
  • AIA Colorado Staff/Lobbyist
    • Cathy Rosset; Executive Vice President and CEO
    • Nikolaus Remus, AIA; Government Affairs Manager
    • Jerry Johnson, Hon. AIA-CO and Lobbyist

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.

  • This subcommittee is by appointment only

Current Volunteer Opportunities | Knowledge Communities

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.

And if you don’t find what you’re looking for locally, take a look at AIA knowledge communities that engage members across the nation.

Denver Housing Knowledge Community

It’s no secret that the City of Denver faces a variety of opportunities and challenges that relate to growth, and one of them is housing. You should join this committee if you are an architect or industry professional who specializes in residential building and follows current issues in codes, government regulations, evolving technology and housing trends. The group is currently working closely with city officials and other housing advocates to bring attention to Accessory Dwelling Units as a part of the solution to our current housing shortage.

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

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If you are a professional affiliate member and would like to update your contact information, please call Hannah at 303.228.3910.

The success of our mission depends on participation from members like you. We strive to provide members with a network of support through committee engagement. Consider what you can do to make AIA Colorado a better organization for your profession and community.