AIA Minnesota is currently seeking member applicants for a position on the AIA Strategic Council representing our chapter and its members. The Minnesota Strategic Councilor will be appointed to a three-year term, serving on the Strategic Council beginning on January 1, 2025.

The Strategic Council

The Strategic Council (Council) is charged with exploring new ideas and solutions to significant issues facing the profession of architecture and its role in society. The Council seeks to prioritize and make advancements by informing the AIA Board of Directors and other Institute bodies about important professional issues and opportunities.

The Council is a diverse group of over 60 forward-thinking leaders that include representatives from around the world, a student representative, and an Associate representative, as well as a representative from the Council of Architectural Component Executives (CACE). In addition, the Council may also choose to elect at-large representatives who bring different perspectives and areas of expertise.

Role of the Strategic Councilor

Much of the Council’s work throughout the year is forward thinking: searching for new ideas and solutions to issues facing the profession. Collaborations seek to produce visionary thought and ideation, deliberation, prototyping of ideas, and consensus building. The Council develops ideas to inform future needs or opportunities for the profession and presents those ideas to the AIA Board for consideration. The Council focuses on long-term goals and outcomes as opposed to administrative or programmatic goals except in rare instances of profession-wide or societal changes urgently impacting the architectural profession and or health, safety, and welfare.


Councilors are expected to serve as a communications link between the Strategic Council and their respective state to improve and increase the flow of information throughout the AIA.

Participation on the Strategic Council requires attending Council assemblies.

Councilors may be appointed to a Board committee, a task force, or another AIA committee.


Applicants for the Strategic Council must be members in good standing (having paid all dues and obligations due to AIA and its components to which they are assigned and having met continuing education requirements for membership). An individual under suspension for violation of the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is not in good standing. Both Architect and Associate members are eligible to serve as State Councilors.

Although years of membership or previous leadership experience within the AIA at the local, state or national level are not prerequisites, a history of volunteering within AIA is important.Councilors are expected to:

  • Understand the role of a Councilor as an innovative thinker, to be open-minded, and to have experience in ideation.
  • Be able to volunteer time for calls, assemblies, committee work, etc.
  • Be available for limited travel to attend Council assemblies and other meetings, including those in one’s state. AIA provides a travel stipend for Councilors to attend Council meetings and to attend meetings in their state.
  • Possess strong communication skills and be able to engage with membership, solicit input on relevant issues before the Council, and report back on activities and progress of Council.

Selection Process & Deadline

AIA Minnesota members interested in being considered for the Strategic Councilor position should complete the online application form by Friday, August 16, 2024. The application asks you to provide the following:

  • Letter of intention on why you are interested in the position and what makes you an ideal candidate, including your qualifications and relevant experience.
  • Resume
  • An essay (not to exceed 400 words) describing your views on 1) the future of the AIA and 2) the future of the profession
  • Acknowledgement of understanding the time commitment and responsibilities of a Strategic Councilor (as outlined in the Strategic Council Handbook)

Following the deadline for applications, the AIA Minnesota Executive Committee will work to determine its recommended candidate. The selection process may include individual interviews with the Executive Committee – the morning of August 27 is the proposed date. If many applications are received, the Committee may narrow down the list of candidates to be interviewed based on the qualifications demonstrated in the written applications.

The Executive Committee will present a candidate for consideration to the AIA Minnesota Board of Directors at its September meeting. The successful candidate will be notified following the September board meeting and will begin their term of service on January 1, 2025 with orientation occurring in December 2024.

Apply Today

Complete the application for Minnesota Strategic Councilor >>


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