AIA Minnesota is currently seeking applications for officer and board leadership positions that will begin January 1, 2021. 

This is an important time in the leadership of AIA Minnesota, the local chapters and the Minnesota Architectural Foundation. By joining the leadership teams of any of these groups, you will be engaged in key decisions as we continue to implement change and address AIA’s priorities of climate action and advancing racial justice and equity in our organization, in our profession, and in our communities. 

If you’ve thought at all recently about growing your leadership skills, expanding the circle of professionals you work with, or raising your profile in the community, getting involved in your state or local chapter is a great way to do so.

Open AIA Minnesota Officer/ Board Leadership Positions for 2021

Members of AIA Minnesota in good standing who are AIA, Assoc. AIA, or FAIA are eligible for the following open positions, except as noted

  • President-Elect (a three-year commitment as President-elect, President, and Past President; serves on the AIA Minnesota Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and Finance Committee and represents the organization to the membership, to external organizations, and to the public)
  • Secretary (one-year term; may run for a second one-year term; serves on the AIA Minnesota Board of Directors and Executive Committee)
  • Treasurer (one-year term; may run for a second one-year term; serves on the AIA Minnesota Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and Finance Committee)
  • Associate Director (one year term — only open to individuals who are Assoc. AIA members; if an individual selected for the Assoc. AIA position becomes a licensed architecture during their tenure, they can retain their seat on the board)

The deadline for applications for 2021 has passed. If you are interested in being considered for one or more of these AIA Minnesota positions, complete the application form. The application asks you to briefly answer these questions and to provide a resume:

  • Why do you want to serve in this leadership role?
  • What leadership experience would you draw upon in serving in this position?
  • How have you been engaged with AIA (local, state, and/or national)?
  • What would you bring to AIA Minnesota’s efforts to further AIA’s top two priorities — climate action and addressing systemic racial injustice?
  • Looking ahead over the next few years, AIA Minnesota faces severe financial challenges and constraints, as a result of the pandemic. This is at a time when there is also great opportunity to shape the future of the built environment and the profession of architecture. What should the leadership of AIA Minnesota keep in mind in navigating these challenges and opportunities?

Who should apply to serve as an AIA Minnesota officer or associate director?

Any AIA Minnesota member in good standing is eligible to apply for an open officer position. The Nominating Committee is particularly interested in members who have these qualifications and experience:

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and leadership experience within a firm setting and/or within the profession
  • Engagement in AIA Minnesota, a local AIA Minnesota chapter, and/or AIA on a national level
  • Professional achievement in the field of architecture
  • Strategic thinking skills and abilities
  • Communications skills (oral and written, in various settings, and with a wide variety of individuals)
  • Commitment to growing equity, diversity and inclusion in the profession and within AIA Minnesota
  • Emotional intelligence and the ability to engage and facilitate inclusive group decision-making
  • Compatibility with the AIA Minnesota Board of Directors, officers, and staff

What is the selection process?

Anyone interested in being considered as a candidate should complete an application form by October 15, 2020.

Following the October deadline for applications, the Nominating Committee will work to determine its recommended slate of candidates. The selection process may include individual interviews with the Nominating Committee – the afternoon of October 28 is the proposed date. If many applications are received for a particular position, the Committee may narrow down the list of candidates to be interviewed based on the qualifications demonstrated in the written applications.

The Nominating Committee will present a slate of candidates for consideration by the AIA Minnesota Board of Directors at its November meeting. The slate approved by the Board of Directors will be communicated to the membership and voted on at the Annual Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 2 at 12:00 noon. Successful candidates will assume office on January 1, 2021.

Local Chapter Level or Minnesota Architectural Foundation Leadership Opportunities

If you are interested in exploring leadership opportunities at the local chapter level – AIA Minneapolis (Hennepin County and central Minnesota), AIA Northern Minnesota (St. Louis County and northern Minnesota), or AIA St. Paul (Ramsey County and southern Minnesota) – or with the Minnesota Architectural Foundation, members are encouraged to express their interest by October 15, 2020 by emailing Amber Allardyce; a follow-up call or meeting with a current leader will be set up to talk about the various opportunities available and your interest in serving.

Where can I find out more information?

Not sure about whether to apply? Want more information about AIA Minnesota leadership positions or the selection process? Contact Amber Allardyce, Deputy Executive Director or Mary-Margaret Zindren, Executive Vice President.