• Committees & Knowledge Communities

Architect Licensing Advisory Committee

The Architect Licensing Advisory Committee’s task is to be 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)

Co-chairs:
Jeremy Van Minsel, AIA and Kyle Burr, Assoc. AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen
Meeting date: First Thursday of the month at 12:00 pm at AIA Minnesota

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.

Co-chairs: Kelly Martinez, AIA, and Dan Elias, Assoc. AIA
Co-chair elect: Angela Wolf Scott, AIA
Staff liaison: Angie McKinley
Meeting date: Second Thursday of the month at 8:30 am at AIA Minnesota

Architecture MN Magazine Committee

The Architecture MN Committee meets monthly to assist the editor in identifying content for upcoming issues, planning the magazine’s annual Videotect video competition and other magazine-sponsored events, and brainstorming ways to promote the magazine and grow its circulation. The group is composed mostly of AIA members, but it also includes a few landscape architects and marketing specialists.

Co-chairs: Edward Eichten, AIA and Dan Yudchitz, AIA
Co-chair elect: Monica Hartberg, AIA
Staff liaison: Chris Hudson
Meeting date: Third Wednesday of the month at 12:00 pm at AIA Minnesota

Building Codes Knowledge Community

This Knowledge Community is on summer break for the months of June, July, and August, 2018.

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: Jeff Walz, AIA and Scott Anderson, AIA
Co-chair elect: Mark Haugen, Assoc. AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen
Meeting date: Second Wednesday of the month at 12:00 pm at AIA Minnesota

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-chairs: Karen Lu, AIA and Nate Steuerwald, AIA
Co-chair elect: Samantha Turnock Mendiola, AIA
Staff liaison: Chris Hudson
Meeting date: Second Thursday of the month at 12:00 pm at AIA Minnesota

Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

This new committee will focus on diversity, inclusion and equity, with particular (but not exclusive) emphasis on diversity of gender and race/color/ethnicity (the areas where it is well documented that the demographic makeup of the profession of architecture does not reflect the demographic makeup of the population of Minnesota).

Co-chairs: 
Anna Pravinata, AIA, and Shida Du, AIA
Co-chair elect: Rachel Usher, AIA 
Staff liaison: Mary-Margaret Zindren
Meeting date: First Friday of the month at 8:30 am at AIA Minnesota

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.

C0-chairs: James Gaspar, Assoc. AIA and Catherine Britt, AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen
Meeting date: Second Monday of the month at 11:30 am at AIA Minnesota

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: Michael Fischer, AIA and Mary Shaffer, AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen
Meeting date: Second Monday of the month, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Locations vary.

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.

Co-chairs: Katie Kangas, AIA, and Nickisha Benjamin, Assoc. AIA 
Staff liaison: Angie McKinley
Meeting date: First Wednesday of the month at 7:30 am at AIA Minnesota

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: Greg Hulne, AIA and Ann Voda, AIA
Co-chair elect: Bob Shaffer, AIA
Staff liaison: Mary-Margaret Zindren, CAE and Sheri Hansen
Meeting date: First Monday of the month at 4:00 pm at AIA Minnesota Boardroom

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: Alena Sakalouski Johnson, AIA, ACHA and Jim Lammers, FAIA
Co-chair elect: Kristen Staloch, Assoc. AIA
Staff Liaison: Deanna Christiansen
Meeting date: Last Thursday of the month at 4:30 pm at various locations

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: Corey Mollet, AIA and Parul Jain 
Staff liaison: Sheri Hansen
Meeting date: First Tuesday of the month at 12:00 pm at AIA Minnesota

Knowledge Community on the Environment - kCOTE

The Knowledge Community on the Environment (kCOTE) 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: Theresa Olsen, AIA, and Michael Refsland, AIA
Co-chair elect: Alan D’Souza, AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen 
Meeting date: Second Thursday of the month from 7:30 to 9:00 am at AIA Minnesota

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 Fitgers 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.

Co-chairs: Dan Feidt, AIA, and Duane Johnson, AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen
Meeting date: Third Monday of the month at 11:30 am at AIA Minnesota

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: Karen Lu, AIA and Steven Wolf, AIA
Co-chair elect: Amy Meller, AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen
Meeting date: Meetings scheduled as needed

Minnesota Design Team (MDT) Committee

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.

Chair: Jeremy Stock, Assoc. AIA
Staff liaison: Sheri Hansen
Meeting date: Second Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm at AIA Minnesota

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 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: Eric Hansen, AIA, Gabriel Keller, Assoc. AIA, Ryan Thuftedal, AIA, and Greg Kraus, Assoc. AIA
Staff liaison: Angie McKinley
Meeting date: First Tuesday of the month at 12:00 pm at AIA Minnesota

Small Firm Practice Knowledge Community

The Small Firms KC will not be meeting.

We regret to say that we have not been able to identify someone to chair this knowledge community. Therefore, until further notice, this knowledge community will not be meeting.

Feel free to contact Deanna Christiansen with questions or to discuss options for reinvigorating this knowledge community.

Small Firms Practice is a forum for practitioners at small architecture firms to discuss common issues and to learn more about subjects unique to small practices. It provides a place to exchange ideas, concerns, successes, failures, resources, and more with peers.

Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen

Technology in Architecture Practice Knowledge Community - AIA MN TAP

The Technology in Architecture Practice Knowledge Community – AIA MN TAP – meets every other month (starting Feb2018) to discuss the impact of technology on the architectural profession with a cross-disciplinary mix of architects, contractors, educators, lawyers, and manufacturers.

Co-chairs: Mike Hnastchenko, AIA and Mike Engel, Assoc. AIA
Co-chair elect: Adam Wilbrecht, AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen
Meeting date: Third Tuesday of the month at 8:00 am at AIA Minnesota

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: Christine Peterson, AIA, and Katie Pope, AIA
Co-chair elect: Heather Whalen, AIA
Staff liaison: Angie McKinley
Meeting date: Second Wednesday of the month at 8:00 am at AIA Minnesota