Committees of the Board

AIA Detroit relies on and empowers its members to advances the causes, initiatives, and interests that best represent the practice of architecture in metro Detroit. Select a committee below to learn more, or email info@aiadetroit.com with general questions.

Building Codes & Regulations Committee

MISSION

The BC&RC is dedicated to advancing the understanding of the architectural profession and awareness of building codes, regulations and the public laws governing the building industry, its regulators and the practice of architecture within the construction industry. BC&RC seeks to:

A. Foster interaction between Building Officials and Architects.

B. Conduct continuing education seminars relating to building codes and regulations.

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Building Enclosure Council

MISSION

The Building Enclosure Council of Greater Detroit is part of a national network founded jointly by the American Institute of Architects and the National Institute of Building Sciences to foster effective performance of building exteriors.

By providing a forum for all construction professionals, each Council serves to share objective building enclosure information of interest to the local design/construction community. The Greater Detroit Council is a non profit with no dues or membership requirements, and is affiliated with the Detroit Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Detroit).

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Celebration of Architecture

MISSION

The annual Celebration of Architecture has chosen to go virtual for 2020!

Join AIA Detroit on September 24th for our first Live Broadcast of the Celebration of Architecture! The Broadcast will feature not only our 2020 Architectural & Recognition Award winners, but also the 10th anniversary of the Detroit Month of Design (formerly the Detroit Design Festival), as well as interactive content from you! Yes, you! So put on your best, grab a drink, and join us for a night out (in)!

WORK-FROM-HOME GIVEAWAY: Your RSVP to the Broadcast automatically enters you into our Celebration Giveaway! Featuring items that will make your experience working from home easier, the Giveaway will happen LIVE during the Broadcast! You must be watching to win!

GLEANERS CHARITY DRIVE : In lieu of ticket sales, AIA Detroit is asking viewers to make a donation to Gleaners Community Food Bank. Since the start of the pandemic in Michigan, the need for their services has expanded greatly, and their resources are stretched thin, especially with kids back in school. In a typical year, AIA Detroit partners with Gleaners for CANstruction, resulting in tens of thousands of cans of donated food. Because CANstruction will not be taking place in 2020, AIA Detroit is using this Charity Drive to continue our support for an organization that keeps kids fed all across Southeast Michigan

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Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

MISSION

Our mission is to advocate for equity, empowerment, and the value of inclusion through the promotion of partnerships and the exchange of diverse perspectives within the design community.

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Committee On The Environment

MISSION

The Committee on the Environment 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 and voice on behalf of AIA architects regarding sustainable design.

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Computational Design Detroit + Detroit Area BIM User Group

MISSION

AIA Detroit Technology in Architectural Practice Committee [TAP], Detroit-area BIM User Group [DABUG], and Computational Design Detroit [co.de.D]

Through continuous open dialogue with the local building industry, including Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Owners and Governing Agencies, TAP will help identify and educate how technology has changed the building process, specifically within the Architectural Practice.

Objectives:

1.) Collaborate with all aspects of the building industry in matters pertaining to technology’s influence in today’s profession and built environment.

2.) Identify opportunities that have presented themselves through building process’ adoption of technology and reinforce the advantages through educating and networking of these ideas within membership.

3.) Identify hurdles that have presented themselves through building process’ adoption of technology and identify solutions through educating and networking of these ideas within membership.

4.) Communicate regularly with membership topics regarding technology in practice – through all committees of AIA Detroit - reinforcing how technology can impact all aspects of our profession.

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Emerging Professionals Committee

MISSION

The AIA Detroit Emerging Professionals Committee serves as the voice of the next generation of architects and their collaborators in Detroit

VISION
The Emerging Professionals Committee strives to provide a productive platform for learning and development opportunities for its constituents within the ever transforming field of architectural practice. As a response to evolving technology, changing expectations of collaboration and work, and growing diversity, the EPC will guide the continued growth of future leaders of our profession through programming that meets our core values of engaging, listening, and leading.

CORE VALUES

ENGAGING
• With the community
• With the city of Detroit
• With non-architects

LISTENING
• To members of allied and interdisciplinary practices
• To our mentors, and actively seeking knowledge from industry leaders
• To the larger community with which we help build relationships

LEADING
• As active members of the AIA Detroit. Within the AIA Detroit
• As young professionals who start and maintain conversations within the industry
• As designers capable of being changemakers

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Pechakucha Night Detroit

MISSION

PechaKucha, now in more than 1000 cities worldwide, was devised by Klein Dytham Architecture in Tokyo in 2003 as a way for creative people to meet, network, and share their work. The rules are simple — each presenter shows 20 slides that automatically advance at 20 second intervals, a total of just under 7 minutes to share the things that they are passionate about.

AIA Detroit has been a PechaKucha Night City Organizer providing a voice to Detroit’s creative community since 2008.

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Professional Affiliates Action Committee

MISSION

The Professional Affiliate Action Committee (PAAC) connects AIA Professionals with affiliate members and other design and construction professionals through networking events of both a social and educational nature. We enhance the professional affiliate experience by connect designers across disciplines.

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Urban Priorities Committee

MISSION

"The UPC strives to improve local neighborhoods, encourage design thinking, and build connections and relationships."

The UPC is a volunteer-driven committee of the (AIA) Detroit Chapter. It is our mission to make impact in the sustainable development of Detroit by partnering with civic, business, and community leaders that contribute to one or more of the following goals:

1) Creating, or contributing to the creation of, replicable and catalytic models for improvement
2) Illustrating the capacity for design oriented solutions to make real impact in a community
3) Increasing visibility and sparking dialogue about the Detroit design community, architecture, and urban environments

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