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Chapter Board meeting & lunch. Ethics CE, tour, & happy hour.
This event is free for AIA Minneapolis members!

Date and time

Wednesday, May 9
10:30 am to 4:30 pm
Mankato, Minnesota


10:30 am – AIA Minneapolis Board Meeting at ISG
115 East Hickory Street, Suite 300, Mankato, MN 56001

11:30 am – Lunch

12:00 pm Seminar – Citizen Architect:
Ethical Considerations for Community Engagement & Social Impact Design
Presented by Mark Kalar, AIA and Jim Lutz, AIA
Credits: 2.0 HSW LU Hours and Ethics Credits
(more details below)

2:15 pm – Travel to Vetter Stone for Tour

3:30 pm – Happy Hour

4:30 pm – Wrap up

This event is free to AIA Minneapolis members.
Space is limited! Register now.


Citizen Architect — Ethical Considerations for Community Engagement and Social Impact Design

AIA describes the citizen architect as an architect who “…uses his/her insights, talents, training, and experience to contribute meaningfully, beyond self, to the improvement of the community and human condition. The Citizen Architect stays informed on local, state, and federal issues, and makes time for service to the community. The Citizen Architect advocates for higher living standards, the creation of a sustainable environment, quality of life, and the greater good. The Citizen Architect seeks to advocate for the broader purposes of architecture through civic activism, writing and publishing, by gaining appointment to boards and commissions, and through elective office at all levels of government.”

Architects have the right skill-set to make a difference in so many different ways. Attend this program to explore why the need is so great and understand the related ethical considerations.

Learning objectives

  1. Assess the range of applications for community engagement and social impact design as it applies to architecture;
  2. Explore the potential ethical issues and/or conflicts of interest inherent when engaging with the public;
  3. Identify sources of ethical rules and conduct and access resources for additional information and assistance;
  4. Apply and evaluate personal ethical standards to case scenarios by responding to the question, “What would I do?”
Mark Kalar, AIA
, is chief corporate counsel at Cuningham Group Architecture in Minneapolis. He also serves as co-chair of the AIA Minnesota Government Affairs Committee and planning commissioner for the city of St. Anthony. He has a long-time interest in the impact public policy plays on the built environment, and the role of the community in setting public policy.

Jim Lutz, AIA, has been an active faculty member in public interest design initiatives at the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture since 2008. He served as the advisor for graduate studios working on post-earthquake reconstruction in Haiti in partnership with Architecture for Humanity in 2011 and 2012, as well as student-led work with non-profit organizations in Jamaica, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. He has developed and taught classes on the subject at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has presented and chaired sessions on public interest design at national and international conferences. He was the recipient of the national Architectural Educator Award from the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) in 2015.


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