Client-based research, commissioned by AIA Minnesota, designed to better enable architects to provide higher-valued services and be more impactful in business and commerce.

With the work of the Architects in Commerce Task Force (now called Strategic Practice Task Force), AIA Minnesota continues the important efforts started in 2011 by the AIA Minnesota Recovery Task Force.

Download the AICI Executive Summary (PDF)

Download the AICRI Final Report (PDF)


In 2013, AIA Minnesota conducted four Innovative Practice Forums to bring these research findings directly to AIA Minnesota Members:

     Forum 1 focused on the research and how to interpret it.
              Download the Forum 1 slideshow (PDF)

     Forum 2 focused on understanding and advancing the value of architects in the marketplace.
              Download the Forum 2 slideshow (PDF)

     Forum 3 focused on owner’s advocates and partnerships. 
              Download the Forum 3 slideshow (PDF)

     Forum 4 focused on teaming with success. New collaborative strategies for the A/E/C industry.
               Download the Forum 4 slideshow (PDF)


The Strategic Practice Task Force continues to work on this important initiative through:

  1. a series of skills-building workshops launched in March 2015.  Learn more about the Mastering the Future Business of Architecture – MFBA.
  2. a public relations campaign that is anticipated to launch date in late 2015 or early 2016. Watch for more details – coming soon!