Make the most of your AIA Colorado membership by getting involved in a committee or throwing your hat in the ring for a leadership position. 

Volunteering is a great way to build your leadership skills, gain experience outside your workplace, network with peers, and even meet clients. We offer a variety of opportunities for you to share your perspective, roll up your sleeves, and help advance the profession. From committees to Local Advisory Councils to serving on our Board of Directors, there is something for everyone.

Each Fall, AIA Colorado seeks member volunteers to serve on committees that embody the mission, vision, and values of the organization.


AIA Colorado Board of Directors

The AIA Colorado Board provides stewardship of the nonprofit and is responsible for collaboratively setting the direction of the organization through consensus driven governance, policy-making and strategic planning as well as representing Colorado to AIA national councils. The national councils are peer group networks who provide insight from our state into their programming and strategy to the national level of the Institute.

Ideal candidates are AIA members who are strategically minded, service-oriented and capable of identifying and responding to industry trends—to enhance and propel the profession and to help members excel in their areas of practice.

AIA Colorado is committed to broadening equity, diversity and inclusion to create a stronger profession. Towards that end, the nominating committee will make every attempt to recommend a diverse, strategy-driven and competency-based slate of candidates.

Academy of Architecture for Health Knowledge Community

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. AIA Colorado members interesting in attending these events need not complete this volunteer application.

Architecture Advocates Network

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

Awards Committee

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

Business of Architecture Knowledge Committee

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.

Conference Committee

While AIA Colorado’s staff plans the annual signature event, the Practice + Design Conference, which has historically drawn 500+ design professionals, this committee’s expertise is needed to select a theme, research and secure speakers, plan conference activities, and more. We appreciate volunteers who can identify timely topics and experts.

College of Fellows Nominating Committee

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

Committee on the Environment

This committee will review AIA’s 2030 Challenge, discuss sustainability-related policies that affect architects in Colorado, 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.

Editorial Committee

The Editorial Committee is ideal for members who have an interest in storytelling and is open to volunteers beyond membership (i.e. firm marketing professionals, Allied Member marketing professions, and 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.

Government Affairs Committee

This team follows issues of statewide concern to the architecture profession, with an emphasis on the Colorado State Legislature. Whether you are 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 session (January – May), the GAC establishes a legislative subcommittee that proactively reviews all bills introduced. The subcommittee reports to the full committee regularly as input is needed. Legislative subcommittee members are chosen from returning members to the committee.

Local Advisory Councils

Local Advisory Councils work with Area Directors to act as advisors and a team of volunteers who specialize in roles that serve members in a geographic area. Each area (Denver, North, South, West) seeks 3 co-chairs, for a total of 12 positions.

Regional and Urban Design Knowledge Community

The Regional and Urban Design Knowledge Community provides educational and networking opportunities related to the design of public spaces, land use regulations, and urban planning in Colorado. AIA Colorado members interesting in attending these events need not complete this volunteer application.

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