AIA Minnesota is currently seeking member applicants for a position on the AIA Strategic Council representing our chapter and its members.

The Strategic Council

The Strategic Council (Council) was first formed in 2015, following members’ overwhelming approval of the historic change to AIA’s governing structure in 2014.

The Council advances the profession by informing the Board of Directors and other AIA bodies of important professional issues and opportunities. It is charged with identifying opportunities and threats related to the profession, and engaging in strategic planning to inform AIA’s goals, objectives, and strategies.

The Council is an outward-focused, forward-thinking, and member-centric group. Its members include representatives from around the world, and includes a student 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.


Due to the transition, exact term lengths are undetermined. Possible term scenarios could range from one to four years. You will be asked to indicate your desired term in the application process.



Anyone interested in being considered for the strategic councilor position should complete the online application form by September 17, 2021. 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

Following the deadline for applications, the AIA Minnesota Nominating Committee will work to determine its recommended candidate. The selection process may include individual interviews with the Nominating Committee – the afternoon of September 29 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 Nominating Committee will present a candidate for consideration by the AIA Minnesota Board of Directors at its October meeting. The successful candidate will be notified following the October board meeting and will begin their term of service on January 1, 2022 with orientation occurring in December 2021.


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.