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 with general questions.

Building Codes & Regulations Committee


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. The BC&RC:

A. Fosters interaction between Building Officials and Architects.

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

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Building Enclosure Council


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


The 2023 Celebration of Architecture is returning to Shed 3 this year on September 21st!

The AIA Detroit Celebration of Architecture is the largest annual gathering of AEC professionals in Michigan, and AIA Detroit is proud to use it as a platform to showcase how Design can be a driver for sustainable and equitable development around the world.

This year’s Month of Design theme is once again United by Design, bringing unity to the forefront, showcasing how being Design holds the key to creating a future in which all people, and our planet, can thrive.

AIA Detroit is honored to once again shine a light on local, allied organizations who are just as committed to discovering new ways in designing inclusive cities for all.

AIA Detroit is keeping the Honor Awards presentation earlier in the evening. This will be done to host a smaller audience for the presentation and improve the sound quality. You must buy an Honor Awards ticket in order to attend this portion of the night.

4:00PM: 2023 Honor Awards Reception (Must Buy an Honor Awards Ticket to attend)
4:30PM: 2023 AIA Detroit Honor Awards Presentation (Must Buy an Honor Awards Ticket to attend)
5:30PM: 2023 Celebration of Architecture Opens for ALL Ticketholders, featuring the Industry-Only Lounge, Exhibits, Food and Cocktails, Live Music
7:30PM: Doors Open to the Public (North & South Doors - Exhibit Gallery Entrances)
9:30PM: LAST CALL for Drinks
10:00PM: Event Concludes

Architectural Project and Recognition Winners will be announced soon!

Get your tickets now!

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Committee on Diversity and Inclusion


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


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


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

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.


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


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

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.


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

• 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

• 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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Urban Priorities Committee


"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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