Below is a current list of active committees of the Columbus Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Committee membership is a great way to get involved in the Chapter and to meet fellow design-industry professionals who share your interests. Anyone interested in participating in a committee, or who would like additional information, should contact Qisti Gitosuputro at Qisti@aiacolumbus.org. Committee meeting times are listed on the AIA Columbus Chapter Calendar.
Academy of Architecture for Health
The mission of the Heathcare Committee is to establish a more visible and recognized regional presence for the Academy for Architecture on Health (AAH) through the recruitment of prospective academy members and to provide educational and networking opportunities to our current members. The committee provides: building tours, lectures, seminars and round-table discussions. More information can be found on the AIA National Academy of Architecture website. This committee typically meets every other month on a Friday morning. More Information.
Committee on Design (COD)
The Columbus Committee on Design aims to identify, promote, and celebrate the art of building design through a strategic engagement of professionals within our discipline, colleagues parallel to our discipline, and the public for whom we serve. In this pursuit, the Committee on Design strives to bring to light potentials of contemporary methodologies, techniques, and practices for our profession. More Information.
Committee on the Environment (COTE)
The objective of the Committee on the Environment is to promote a sustainable environment by creating an educational resource for members of AIA Columbus and the public; advocacy groups as more specific examples of public and architect groups to educate about sustainable design. This committee typically meets the second Monday of every month from 12 – 1 PM. More Information.
Diversity by Design (DxD)
Diversity by Design (DxD) is a Collective Leadership Group advocating difference towards authentic design solutions. We provide support and pipeline development to enhance diversity, equity & inclusion with the profession of architecture. This includes encouraging and celebrating the contributions of those who bring diverse experiences, views, and needs into the design process. More Information.
Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP)
New in 2010 the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community serves as a resource for AIA members, the profession, and the public in the deployment of computer technology in the practice of architecture. TAP monitors the development of computer technology and its impact on architecture practice and the entire building life cycle, including design, construction, facility management, and retirement or reuse. More Information.
Professional Practice Committee
Since 2015, the Professional Practice Committee provides in-depth exposure to important skills on topics such as practice, claim prevention, business management, leadership, running a firm, and many more. The Committee is providing this knowledge through the Mastering the Business of Architecture (MBA) Series. Find out more about the series, here.
PRACTICE AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Emerging Professionals Committee
The Emerging Professionals Committee engages associate members and architects within their first ten years of licensure through programs and activities that encourage membership, participation, and leadership in the Chapter. The committee will provide a forum in which the specific needs of emerging professionals can be discussed and addressed. The committee will also seek young professionals in architectural firms, and distribute information to them to increase the basic understanding of their AIA.
College of Fellows
The AIA College of Fellows seeks to stimulate a sharing of interests among Fellows, promote the purposes of the Institute, advance the profession of architecture, mentor young architects, and be of ever-increasing service to society. The College of Fellows, founded in 1952, is composed of members of the Institute who are elected to Fellowship by a jury of their peers. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member. Elevation to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual but also elevates before the public and the profession those architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and to society. This committee is comprised of those members of AIA Columbus who have been elevated to this level of membership by the AIA College of Fellows. For more information, click here.
ISSUES AND ADVOCACY
The Center for Architecture and Design aims to enhance public appreciation for architecture and design. Through lectures, exhibitions, tours, film series and collaborative programs with other organizations, the Center celebrates the richness of the built environment and design, explores creative possibilities for the future of our community, and highlights the contributions of architecture and design in central Ohio.
The Golf Outing promotes interaction between the architectural profession, allied professionals, engineers, contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers. Money raised through sponsorship of the AIA Columbus Golf Outing supports the AIA Columbus Associateship Scholarship for a graduate student at The Knowlton School of Architecture. For any questions or if you would like to join contact Matt Toddy, AIA at firstname.lastname@example.org or Hannah Evwaraye at email@example.com.