• Committees & Knowledge Communities

Architect Licensing Advisory Committee

The Architect Licensing Advisory Committee’s task is to remain up to date on current requirements for becoming licensed in the state of Minnesota and to assist Associate members complete the Architectural Experience Program (AXP, formerly known as IDP) and prepare for taking the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)

 Gary Demele, FAIA and Evan Hall, AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen, Hon. AIAMN
Meeting date: First Thursday of the month at 12:00 pm

Architecture in the Schools Committee

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: TBD
Staff liaison: PaviElle French
Meeting date: Second Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m.

Building Codes Knowledge Community

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 knowledge community provides a great opportunity to do just that.

Co-chairs: Rachael Spires, AIA and David Selinsky, AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen, Hon. AIAMN
Meeting date: Second Wednesday of the month at 12:00 pm

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 Awards, Special Awards, Young Architects Awards, 25 Year Award, Louis Lundgren Award, Gold Medal, Firm Award and the Affordable Housing Design Award.

Co-chair:  Rebecca Muchow, AIA
Co-chair elect: Doug Bergert, AIA
Staff liaison: Chris Hudson and Sheri Hansen
Meeting date: Second Thursday of the month at 12:00 pm at AIA Minnesota

Committee on the Environment (COTE)

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: Thea Rozenbergs, AIA and Sara Curlee, AIA
Co-chair elect: Laura Eder, AIA
Staff liaison: Sheri Hansen, and Deanna Christiansen, Hon. AIAMN
Meeting date: Second Friday of the month from 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Committee on Equity in the Built Environment

This committee focuses on diversity, inclusion and equity, with particular emphasis on issues related to equity in the built environment.

Teri Kwant, Allied Member of AIA MN and Rebecca Staley, AIA
Staff liaisons: Mary-Margaret Zindren and PaviElle French
Meeting date: Third Wednesday of each month at 8:30 am

Conference Continuing Education Committee

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 Conference Continuing Education Committee.

Co-chairs: Daniel Green, AIA and  Madelyn Sundberg, AIA 
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen, Hon. AIAMN

Council of Firms Knowledge Community

The Council of Firms Knowledge Community 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: Cindy McCleary, AIA, and Nicole Washburn, AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen, Hon. AIAMN
Meeting date: Second Monday of the month, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Emerging Professionals Committee

The Emerging Professionals Committee (EPC) provides an open forum for architecture professionals at the early stages of their careers to engage and connect through networking, leadership, and professional development. It also actively reaches out to architecture students in the state.

Chair: Ashley Vanden Bosch, Assoc. AIA and Nicole Kiel, AIA
Staff liaison: Mary-Margaret Zindren and Deanna Christiansen, Hon. AIAMN
Meeting date: Quarterly (January, April, July, October) on the second Tuesday of the month at 12:00 pm

ENTER Committee

The ENTER Committee meets monthly to assist the editor in identifying content for upcoming issues, planning publication-sponsored events, and brainstorming ways to promote ENTER and grow its digital and print circulation. The group is composed mostly of AIA members, but it also includes a few landscape architects and marketing specialists.

Co-chairs: Amy Douma, AIA, and Evan Hall, AIA
Co-chair elect:
Staff liaison: Chris Hudson
Meeting date: Fourth Friday of the month, January thru October, at 12:00 pm on Zoom

Government Affairs Committee

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:  Dustin Rehkamp, AIA; and Corey Mollet, AIA
Co-chair elect: Matt Johnson, AIA
Staff liaison: Mary-Margaret Zindren, CAE and Sheri Hansen
Meeting date: Third Tuesday of the month at 12:00 pm

Health Design Knowledge Community

The goal of this knowledge community is to provide a network of individuals engaged in healthcare design for the purpose of sharing knowledge, and to establish a regional presence for the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH).

Co-chairs:  Joseph Krummel, AIA and Scott Davidson, AIA
Staff Liaison: Deanna Christiansen, Hon. AIAMN
Meeting date: Last Thursday of the month at 4:00 pm

Housing Advocacy Committee

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: Max Carr, AIA; and Mateo Gonzalez, Assoc. AIA
Co-chair elect: 
Staff liaison: Sheri Hansen
Meeting date: First Wednesday of the month at 12:00 pm

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 Fitger’s 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:  Steve Buetow, AIA and Jessie Bauldry, AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen, Hon. AIA MN and Ann Mayhew
Meeting date: Third Monday of the month at 11:30 am

Leadership Forum Committee

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.

Co-Chairs: Puneet Vedi, AIA and Susan Morgan, AIA
Co-Chair Elect: Constance Chen, AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen, Hon. AIAMN
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: Hans Muessig, Allied AIA MN and Beth Evanson Makhoul, AIA
Co-chair elect: Richard Baker
Staff liaison: Amber Allardyce
Meeting date: Third Wednesday of the month at 4:30 pm

Research Committee

This committee’s purpose is to serve as volunteer partners in conducting primary and secondary research on issues of significant concern to the Board of Directors of AIA Minnesota, in conjunction with staff and additional committees as appropriate, and within the constraints of staffing and budgetary resources, as communicated by the Executive Vice President. The Committee’s purpose is primarily programmatic in nature (directly involved in the work of implementing AIA Minnesota programs and services, rather than advisory or governance in nature).

Co-chairs: TBD
Staff liaison: Mary-Margaret Zindren
Meeting date: TBD

Residential Architecture Committee

This group of architects and designers meets to discuss issues and challenges specific to residential firms. The committee plans and organizes the Homes by Architects Tour as well as other awards and programming that serve as outreach tools to the public.

Co-chairs: Lance Premeau, Allied AIAMN and Rachel Alexander, Assoc. AIA 
Co-chair elect: Meghan Kell, AIA
Staff liaison: Ann Mayhew
Meeting date: First Tuesday of the month at 12:00 pm

Technology in Architecture Practice Knowledge Community - AIA MN TAP

The Technology in Architecture Practice Knowledge Community meets to discuss the impact of technology on the architectural profession with a cross-disciplinary mix of architects, contractors, educators, lawyers, and manufacturers.

Co-chairs: Adam Wilbrecht, AIA and Rachel Riopel, AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen, Hon. AIAMN
Meeting date: TBD

Women in Architecture Committee

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.

Co-chairs: Katie Blaisdell, AIA and Kaitlin Schalow, AIA
Co-chair elect: Katie Merten, Assoc. AIA
Staff liaison: Angie McKinley
Meeting date: Third Wednesday of the month at 12:00 pm (beginning 02/15/23)