Below is a current list of active committees of the Blue Ridge 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 Ben McCreary, Vice-President, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Public Relations Committee is responsible for oversight of the AIA Blue Ridge website and providing public relations content for the website. Other responsibilities include drafting press releases, organizing public relations communication, and marketing chapter events.
The objective of the AIAS/VT Committee is to enhance the relationship between the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design Student Chapter and AIA Blue Ridge.
The Intern Development Program (IDP) Committee contributes to the development of interns through the IDP. The committee locates interns, recent graduates and architectural firms and distributes information to them to increase the basic understanding of IDP and encourages participation in the program, while strengthening the presence of AIA.
The Young Architects Forum 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.
The objective of the Continuing Education Committee is to provide educational/professional development opportunities to Chapter members through seminars, lectures and workshops.
The committee, often in conjunction with related professional associations (CSI, BX, etc.) coordinates full and partial-day seminars.
By attending these seminars, Chapter members may earn sufficient Learning Units (LUs) toward satisfying the requirements of AIA/CES and various state boards of Architecture.
Committee member responsibilities include planning and executing the seminars and events.
The Membership Committee is responsible for recruiting new membership, recommends dues amount, and maintaining the membership contact list.
The Honors and Awards Committee is responsible for the biennial Design and Honor Awards. The committe also promotes the state-wide honor awards within the chapter.
The objective of the Government Awareness Committee is to identify and monitor issues relevant to the built environment and establish relationships with business, city and industry leaders. The PAC committee should identify and ally with political leaders who are sympathetic to the Architect’s role in the built environment. The committee also raises money for various political entities. The committee maintains a device for contacting chapter members and suggests a plan of action as the need arises during the political process.
The Programs Committee facilitates the planning, organization, and implementation of all chapter events, including chapter meetings.