AIA San Diego Committees
Numerous opportunities exist for individuals to get involved with AIA San Diego. In addition to four board-of-directors officer positions, some of which become available each year, there are five commissions and a dozen committees. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in substantial issues, meet colleagues and advance your career as a leader. Additional opportunities to serve on state and national committees are not uncommon. For more information on volunteering or to connect with the commission or committee chair, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supports the Chapter’s local interests and coordinates with state and national offices. The Advocacy Commission is focused on issues such as San Diego planning regulations, related state legislation proposals, transit oriented development, and coordination with neighborhood community planning groups as well as City Agencies. From a regulatory point of view, we monitor the City’s Technical Advisory Committee that addresses local building codes, permitting and processing. We seek and identify opportunities for AIA-member engagement with community groups and linking the Chapter to key local organizations, public and private.
- Committee on the Environment – The Committee on the Environment (COTE) 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 and building science and performance. SD-COTE works to collaborate with the city, the public and professional organizations to build upon synergies, share knowledge and project ideas, and coordinate volunteer efforts within the San Diego region.
- Preservation Committee – Reestablished in 2013, seeks to broaden awareness and appreciation of preservation and educate members regarding current trends and practices; Meetings fall on the 1st Thursday of every month at Noon.
- Urban Design Committee – operates under the auspices of the Advocacy Commission and meets monthly. Members include design professionals and students interested in helping to shape San Diego’s future built environment and address the “big picture” issues in the region
Supports a key Chapter function; to foster a sense of collegiality, fellowship and professional opportunity among our members.
The following operate through the Membership Commission:
- Annual Meeting – held each September to elect the new board
- Anniversary Meeting – held in April
- Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) – to increase awareness within our community of the value architects bring to custom residential projects.
- Holiday Party – held in December
- Women in Architecture – a group focused on informal networking and professional support for women in architecture. Meetings held 2nd Tuesday of the month.
Coordinates with staff on the development and scheduling of professional development/continuing education programs. Liaison to the Executive Committee for various groups.
The following operate through the Practice Commission:
- Health Care Committee – supports awareness of developments in this large and dynamic practice area through events with OSHA, project tours, panels, and more.
Public Awareness Commission
Seeks to broaden awareness and appreciation of the benefits and value of design and inculcate an aspiration and expectation for good architecture and planning.
The following operate through the Public Awareness Commission:
- Annual Design Awards – celebrating the achievements of local architects and their patrons;
- San Diego Home & Garden Shows (Spring & Fall) – one of the region’s largest consumer shows.
Emerging Professionals Commission
Serving the newest members of the profession as they seek full licensure status, establish professional relationships and work to advance their careers.
The following operate through the Emerging Professionals Commission:
- Architect Registration Examination (A.R.E.) Preparation Seminars
- Intern Development Program/CIDP
- Young Architect of the Year Award