A Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
                                 Serving Michigan's Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, and Washtenaw Counties

AIA HURON VALLEY COMMITTEES

The AIA Huron Valley is committed to providing opportunities for professional development for its members and fellowship between members. Through our committees we encourage community service, facilitate communication between members, and enhance public awareness. Take the next step to being part of this dynamic group of individuals by making contact with the committee that best fits your interests.

Membership Committee
Programs Committee
Government Affairs Committee
Nominations Committee
Committee on the Environment
 
  Public Awareness Committee
Honor Awards Committee
Guide to Architecture Committee
Community Advocacy Committee
Associate AIA Committee
 
  U-M Student Relations Committee
Sponsorship Committee
Finance / Budget Committee
Governance Committee
 
 

Membership Committee

Working in conjunction with other committees, the Membership Committee serves to communicate and connect with new members and to preserve and promote membership. The membership committee provides information and general assistance to new members, and works with other committees to target events that preserve and promote membership. Contact the AIAHV Vice President to become involved with this committee.
           

Programs Committee

The Programs Committee prepares and organizes events throughout the year to provide opportunities for professional development, fellowship, and to allow members to receive the minimum number of learning units as required by the AIA. Events include the general membership meeting, lunch & learns, building tours, speaking events, and other discussions, presentations, or roundtable events. Contact the AIAHV Chapter Events Director for additional information on how to get involved with this committee.
           

Government Affairs Committee

The Government Affairs committee communicates the activities of the AIA Michigan Government Affairs Committee to the AIA Huron Valley and facilitates local involvement with legislative initiatives on the State level. Contact the AIAHV Michigan Directors for more information on how to become involved with this committee.
           

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee ensures the future strength of chapter leadership by defining core criteria that align with the values of our chapter and our industry. This criteria is then applied to prospective candidates for the positions of officers and directors whose terms are about to expire. Members meet no later than August to prepare a slate of candidates to be presented at the September Executive Committee meeting. The slate will be voted on at the annual General Membership Meeting in October. Past presidents of the AIA Huron Valley are encouraged to become involved with this committee. Contact the AIAHV President for more information.
           

Committee on the Environment

The Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to sustain and improve the environment by advancing and disseminating environmental knowledge and values, and advocating the best design practices to integrate built and natural systems to the profession, industry and public. Some of the committee goals include the follows:
  • Educating architects about the environment and encouraging active member participation in these activities
  • Fostering leadership among architects in all facets of environmental decision making
  • Supporting sustainable design initiatives at local universities (University of Michigan, Washtenaw Community College, Concordia University and Cleary University)

In addition, this committee has the broader State initiative as it hosts the State COTE committee whose members are active in the following areas:

  • Continuing to maintain a state chapter website for Green Design practices
  • Working with local and state officials to adopt green schools as a given for any publicly funded K-12 school
  • Partnering and fostering alliances with other environmental organizations such as the U.S. Green Building Council, Southeastern Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, and Michigan Green Schools
  • Fostering relationships with state environment initiatives such as MDOT, MEDC, MSHDA, the State Energy Office, and Rebuild Michigan
  • Continuing to work with all architectural schools to promote sustainable design education
  • Maintaining a strong link to AIA National’s COTE Committee and to its valuable resources to members

There will be meetings of this committee both in Ann Arbor and across the state. All members are welcome to join and attend these events. Contact co-chairs Celeste Novak at celestenov@aol.com or Dan Jacobs at djacobs@a3c.com for additional information.

           

Public Awareness Committee

The Public Awareness Committee’s goal is to increase, through the media, the public’s awareness of architecture and the skills that architects bring to the building design and construction industry. Activities include developing working relationships with local media representatives, identifying potential subjects for publication, and maintaining a list of members who have expertise and would be willing to be interviewed by the media. Put your PR skills to work by contacting David Lewis at dlewis@lg-architects.com to receive additional information on this committee.
           

Honor Awards Committee

The goal of the Honor Awards Committee is to increase the public’s awareness of architecture and the skills that architects bring to the building design and construction industry by highlighting projects completed by members of the AIA Huron Valley Chapter. Volunteer opportunities are available for planning and organizing the gala event, as well as organizing the awards and recognition portion of this annual event. Contact David Lewis at dlewis@lg-architects.com for information on how to become involved in this committee.
           

Guide to Architecture Committee

The Guide to Ann Arbor Architecture is a highly successful brochure portraying thirty-five local merit-worthy buildings. It is a resource for both resident and tourist alike, designed to take readers on a walking or driving tour of the many architecturally and historically significant sites throughout the Ann Arbor area.

As a supplement to the Guide, the committee continues to develop each local landmark into a podcast. Each podcast is filmed as committee volunteers step forward and identify that they have knowledge about a specific building in the Guide that has not yet been turned into a podcast. The podcasts are narrated by local architects and discuss in much greater detail the history and “story” of the project.

To further educate residents and visitors about the many locally and internationally recognized architects who have contributed to the region’s architecture, and how Huron Valley’s cultural history has helped to shape the city’s built environment, the Guide to Architecture Committee conducts architectural walking tours of Ann Arbor.

If you are interested in volunteering as a walking tour guide, or would like to be in a podcast, openings are still available and committee volunteers are still needed. Please contact committee chair, Michael Strother, at schlossvines@yahoo.com to volunteer for this great cause. Also, be sure to check out the Guide to Ann Arbor Architecture at http://aiami.com/Chapters/Huron_Valley/PDF/AIAHV_Guide_Ann_Arbor_Architecture.pdf  or the twenty-three already completed podcasts at http://aiami.com/Events/Other/aia_huron_valley_podcast.htm

           

Community Advocacy Committee

The Community Advocacy Committee is currently in search of a dynamic, inspired individual to take the place of its retiring committee chair. Previous committee accomplishments include the A2D2 Public Lecture Series on Urban Design Guidelines for the city of Ann Arbor. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by! Contact Tamara Burns at tamara.burns@hopkinsburns.com to discover the leader in you!
           

Associate AIA Committee

Are you an associate AIA member interested in becoming more involved? Then this is the committee for you! Take part in developing associate activities, shaping the future of our profession, or just getting to now your fellow associates. Previous Associate AIA Committee activities include the ARE ‘Live’ Seminars through Kaplan Test Prep. Contact the AIAHV Associate Director for more information on how to join this committee.
           

U-M Student Relations Committee

The AIA Huron Valley and the University of Michigan share common goals by working towards building a community of architects to improve the built environment. This committee explores how we can partner to make our vision even stronger. Recent U-M graduates, as well as the ‘old-timers’ amongst us, can benefit from joining this committee. ContactAIAHV U-M Student Relations Director to become involved.
           

Sponsorship Committee

This committee works to expand our services by establishing a study stream of sponsorship funding and a known vehicle by which sponsors can contribute to the chapter. Contact committee chair, Kristen Schleick, at kschleick@gmail.com to joint this energetic committee.
           

Finance / Budget Committee

This committee is charged with producing a proposed budget showing detailed anticipated income and expenditures of this chapter for the immediately succeeding year. The committee presents the proposed budget for review and approval at the September Executive Committee meeting, and is responsible for distributing copies of the approved budget to all members of the chapter. This committee consists of the current Treasurer, President, and Vice President / President-elect. Interest in becoming involved in this committee should be directed to the AIAHV Treasurer
           

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee is composed of the Officers and Directors of the Executive Committee. These positions include: President, Vice President / President-elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Past President, Associate Member Director, AIA Michigan Directors, UMTCAUP Director, Student Chapter Member Director, Publications Director, Events Director, and Media Director.

Interest in serving in one of these positions should be submitted to the Nominations Committee via theAIAHV President
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