AIA California Committees provide members with an opportunity to get involved in their profession at the state level and hone their leaderships skills through volunteerism. The work of the organization starts at the committee level – elevating breaking news and issues to leadership’s attention, vetting messaging, planning programs, and providing guidance on practice issues – our members are setting the direction of our organization. For more information about a specific committee, contact the committee’s staff liaison listed below.

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The AEP establishes connections among and advocates on behalf of architecture school students, aspiring and recently-licensed architects, as well as the individuals that mentor these important groups of people.

Staff Liaison: Amanda Nye

The Advocacy Advisory Committee recommends policies and positions on legislative and regulatory issues, as well as, planning issues for the following year.

Staff Liaison:  Mark Christian, Hon. AIA CA

The Climate Action Committee aims to improve the sustainability of the built environment by promoting conservation of natural resources, design which brings buildings closer to net-zero usage, and public policy that supports these efforts.

Staff Liaison: Sarah Vasquez

The purpose of the College of Fellows is to stimulate a sharing of interests among Fellows, to promote the purposes of the Institute, to advance the profession of architecture, to mentor young architects, and to be of ever-increasing service to society.

Staff Liaison: Amanda Nye

The Communications Advisory Committee is responsible for providing general program oversight, and specific suggestions on communications vehicles, including website, and AIA CA social media platforms.

Staff Liaison: Hillary Krek

The Design Awards program recognizes excellence in design in California and throughout the world. In addition to the Design Awards, other awards under the purview of the Design Awards Committee are the 25 Year Award and the Maybeck Award. The committee is responsible for overseeing the program’s direction and budget, selecting the jury members, developing the Call for Entries, and facilitating the jury meeting and awards presentation.

Staff Liaison: Amanda Nye

The Editorial Committee is responsible for establishing a focused look at issues facing the profession, working in concert with the Professional Practice program to identify issues and recruiting contributors to develop content. The Committee also searches for opportunities to contribute to the larger dialogue about architecture in California, building relationships with other publications for cross pollination of content.

Staff Liaison: Shannon Calder

The EDI Committee will create and promote opportunities for education, leadership and professional practice. The Committee will also search for ways to contribute to the AIA CA Strategic Plan, using the lens of EDI, and create a larger dialogue for issues important to underrepresented groups in all aspects of architectural practice

Staff Liaison: Nicki Dennis Stephens, Hon. AIA

This annual, one day, conference explores the forces that continue to shift healthcare delivery in California and how these will impact healthcare facilities’ design in the state. The Forum will discuss current trends in healthcare from all members of the design and construction team, with special emphasis on the owner’s perspective.

Staff Liaison: Hillary Krek

The purpose of the Leadership Development Committee is to engage members in volunteer development and recruitment. The charge is to create a member-led structure which identifies volunteer opportunities and creates a process to recruit AIA members to serve in various positions of leadership throughout the organization. This Committee will assist the AIA CA President by making recommendations for appointment.

Staff Liaison: Amanda Nye

This committee is responsible for planning and executing the world-renowned Monterey Design Conference – a three-day event bringing together architects and design professionals from around the world for design inspiration, reflection, and networking.

Staff Liaison: Hillary Krek

The Opportunity Fund Grant Review Committee is responsible for vetting all proposals and making recommendations to the AIA CA Executive Committee for funding.

Staff Liaison: Hillary Krek

The Planning and Finance Committee is responsible for developing operational and programmatic strategies to attain Board-approved goals and objectives; and for considering all dues and budget matters, including allegations of budget irregularities. *Must be serving on the Board of Directors to serve on this committee.

Staff Liaison: Lori Vance

The Procedure and Documents Committee is responsible for considering all matters relating to AIA California documents, amendments thereto, and interpretations thereof, including allegations of non-conformance with AIA California policy embodied within the documents, and shall report its recommendations to the Board or the Executive Committee for action. *Must be serving on the Board of Directors to serve on this committee.

Staff Liaison: Amanda Nye

The purpose of this committee is to identify emerging trends in practice, facilitate and broadcast communication about the wide range of topics that are relevant to today’s practice of Architecture in all its various forms.

Staff Liaison: Rebekah Patterson

This committee develops and implements an awards program to recognize the best in housing design. Quality of design, stewardship, concept, and thoughtful innovation in practice and technique are all looked-at factors.

Staff Liaison: Amanda Nye

The Urban Design Committee serves as a policy advisory group for the AIA CA’s Government Relations program. This committee aims to improve the quality of the regional and urban environment by promoting excellence in design, planning, and public policy in the built environment.

Staff Liaison:  Mark Christian, Hon. AIA CA 

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