By Erin Braunstein, AIA, senior architect at Davis Partnership Architects and Architectural Advocacy Network Chair
AIA Colorado’s Architectural Advocacy Network (AAN) is beginning our sophomore year, so we have set our expectations a little higher to foster a culture of advocacy among our members. Targeting each committee and group chair, we expect to collaborate with each group on where our network “framework” may be utilized to advance their goals (see inset below), albeit incrementally.
Our Mission: Through participation, education and influence AIA Colorado’s AAN will advance the interests of and elevate the standing of Architects.
Our Purpose: Fostering an enduring culture of advocacy through member action.
The AAN will only be strong when the network functions and serves any and all of our members. Active volunteer members (within each of the focus groups listed below) are already participating and advancing that mission with the loudest voice. Our design community is only that much stronger with you, your involvement and your voice.
Over the coming months we will reach out to the following groups: Government Affairs, Legislative sub-committee, Equity Diversity & Inclusiveness, Editorial, Fellows, Architect Licensing Advisor, Local Activities Working Groups, Business of Architecture knowledge community, Regional Urban Design, Resiliency, Academy of Architecture for Health Knowledge Community, and the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development program committee.
Curious about what that means? Our committee agenda includes an open forum every month, so look for more outreach opportunities (Local Connects) in the future. You can also connect with our staff liaison Nick Remus, AIA for questions or opportunities. We welcome your feedback and would be giddy to include you as our committee grows. Together we can amplify these voices to the highest intensity possible.