• Committees

Architecture in the Schools

The Architecture in the Schools Committee works to create ties to the K-12 education community, brings architectural ideas and concepts into the classroom, and develops educational materials.

Chair: Bob Russek, AIA
Staff liaison: Angie McKinley 
Meeting date: Second Tuesday of the month at 8:00 am at AIA Minnesota

Architecture MN

The Architecture MN Committee meets monthly to assist the editor in identifying content for upcoming issues, planning the magazine’s annual Videotect video competition and other magazine-sponsored events, and brainstorming ways to promote the magazine and grow its circulation. The group is composed mostly of AIA members, but it also includes a few landscape architects and marketing specialists.

Chair: Steven Dwyer, AIA
Staff liaison: Chris Hudson
Meeting date: Third Wednesday of the month at 12:00 pm at AIA Minnesota

BIM Breakfast Club

The Building Information Modeling (BIM) Breakfast Club (BBC) meets monthly to discuss the impact of BIM on the architectural profession with a cross-disciplinary mix of architects, contractors, educators, lawyers, and manufacturers.

Chair: Karie Johnson, AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen
Meeting date: Third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 am at AIA Minnesota

Building Codes

Do you want to know what’s happening with codes, have an impact in shaping code changes, or help to promote the statewide enforcement of codes? This committee provides a great opportunity to do just that.

Chair: Gerhard Guth, AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen
Meeting date: Second Wednesday of the month at 12:00 pm at AIA Minnesota

Committee on Design

Award-winning architecture, architects, and collaborative efforts are the focus of this committee. Juries are selected, criteria is evaluated, and talent is recognized through Honor, Special, Young Architect, 25 Year, Louis Lundgren, Gold Medal, and Firm awards. It also oversees the Affordable Housing Design Award.

Chair: Jeff Mandyck, AIA
Staff liaisons: Mary Larkin and Chris Hudson
Meeting date: Second Thursday of the month at 12:00 pm at AIA Minnesota

Committee on the Environment

The Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate — to the profession, the building industry, the academy, and the public — design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment. COTE serves as the community for and voice on behalf of AIA architects regarding sustainable design and building science and performance.

Co-chairs: Douglas Pierce, AIA, and Jesse Turck, AIA
Staff liaison: Chris Hudson
Meeting date: Third Thursday of odd-numbered months from 7:45 to 9:15 am at AIA Minnesota

Continuing Education

AIA Minnesota’s mission for continuing education is to produce high-quality, affordable programs offered regularly throughout the year. Topics are selected and developed by architects in order to address timely issues and to meet the diverse needs of our members. This task is accomplished through our Continuing Education Committee.

Chair: Steve Haasl, AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen
Meeting date: Second Monday of the month at 11:30 am at AIA Minnesota

Convention

Play a role in planning AIA Minnesota’s 80th annual Convention and Product Exposition. Help create the best convention yet!

Chair: Brain Tempas, AIA
Staff liaison: Angie McKinley
Meeting date: This committee meets regularly between the months of May and November.

Council of Firms

The Council of Firms provides a forum for firm owners and principals to advance the profession and their own practices through collegial sharing of ideas, knowledge, and best practices. The hour-and-a-half discussions generally focus on a particular challenge for architecture firms and are sometimes sparked by a presentation by an industry partner or other special guest.

Co-chairs: Michelle Mongeon Allen, AIA, and Jeremy Mayberg, AIA
Staff liaison: Chris Hudson
Meeting date: Fourth Monday of January-May and September-November at 4:30 pm at AIA Minnesota

Emerging Professionals

The Emerging Professionals Committee (EPC) works to engage Associate AIA members and architects within their first 10 years of licensure, through various programs and activities. It also actively reaches out to architecture students in the state.

Co-chairs: Jodi Masanz Larson, Assoc. AIA, and Von Petersen, AIA 
Staff liaison: Angie McKinley
Meeting date: First Wednesday of the month at 7:30 am at AIA Minnesota

Government Affairs

American Institute of Architects is the voice of the architectural profession and the resource for its members in service to society. AIA Minnesota is the voice of the architecture profession dedicated to: serving its members; advancing their value; and improving the quality of the built environment

Co-chairs Eric West, AIA and Meredith Hayes Gordon, AIA
Staff liaison: Beverly Hauschild-Baron, Hon. AIA
Meeting date: First Tuesday of the month at 4:30 pm at AIA Minnesota Boardroom

Homes by Architects Tour

Be a part of planning an annual AIA Minnesota tradition! Homes by Architects Tour Committee members are responsible for planning and organizing the annual two-day home tour that showcases the work of AIA Minnesota residential architects. This group is full of energy and creativity!

Chair: Ashley Mitlyng, AIA
Staff liaison: Angie McKinley
Meeting date: Fourth Wednesday of the month at 12:00 pm at AIA Minnesota, March through October

Housing Advocacy

The Housing Advocacy Committee (HAC) addresses affordable housing and homelessness in the state of Minnesota. Architects can play a key role in resolving these social problems by joining this committee. They may also assist in planning and participating in our annual Search for Shelter Design charrette, held each February, to benefit local housing agencies, along with other committee activities.

Co-chairs: Ben Ptacek, Assoc. AIA and Amanda Pederson, Assoc. AIA
Staff liaison: Mary Larkin
Meeting date: First Tuesday of the month at 12:00 pm at AIA Minnesota

IDP/ARE

The IDP/ARE Committee’s task is to be remain up to date on current requirements for becoming licensed in the state of Minnesota and to assist Associate members complete the Intern Development Program (IDP) and prepare for taking the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). 

Co-chairs: Meg Parsons, AIA, and Mandi Tauferner, Assoc. AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen
Meeting date: First Thursday of the month at 12:00 pm at AIA Minnesota

Lake Superior Design Retreat

The Lake Superior Design Retreat (LSDR) is an annual winter weekend design conference in Duluth, MN. Architects and others interested in design gather together at Fitgers Inn to explore the corners of design with six invited design professionals who share their passion for their art and/or craft and discuss their creative stories.

Chair: Kurt Gough, Assoc. AIA, and Amber Sausen, Assoc. AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen
Meeting date: Third Monday of the month at 11:30 am at AIA Minnesota

Leadership Forum

The Leadership Forum Committee’s task is to develop an annual six-session forum for a small group of mid-career member architects. The goal is to focus on strengthening their leadership skills in the areas of communication, ethics, motivation, community outreach, and mentorship.

Chair: Kenneth Sheehan, AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen
Meeting date: Meetings scheduled as needed

Minnesota Design Team (MDT)

Make a difference in rural Minnesota communities by volunteering with the Minnesota Design Team (MDT), which organizes multidisciplinary teams to visit small towns in the state of Minnesota. MDT researches the community’s needs and recruits a variety of design professionals to assist the town in improving their built environment.

Co-chairs: Melissa Ekman, AIA and Samantha Crosby
Staff liaison: Mary Larkin
Meeting date: Second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 pm at AIA Minnesota

Residential Architecture

This group of architects meets to discuss issues and challenges specific to residential firms. The committee plans and organizes awards and programming that serve as outreach tools to the public.

Chair: Tim Fuller, AIA
Staff liaison: Angie McKinley
Meeting date: First Tuesday of the month at 12:00 pm at AIA Minnesota

Small Firm Practice

Small Firms Practice is a forum for practitioners at small architecture firms to discuss common issues and to learn more about subjects unique to small practices. It provides a place to exchange ideas, concerns, successes, failures, resources, and more with peers.

Co-chairs: Tan Nguyen, AIA, and Steven Fichtel, AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen
Meeting date: Fourth Tuesday of the month at 12:00 pm at AIA Minnesota

Women in Architecture

This new committee, started in 2014, has formed to promote a strong future for the architecture profession by advocating for women in architecture through recognition, networking, professional development, and mentorship.

Tri-chairs: Amanda Aspenson, Assoc. AIAMaureen Colburn, AIA, and Amy Kalar, AIA
Staff liaison: Beverly Hauschild-Baron, Hon. AIA
Meeting date: TBD