WHAT WE DO
- As the collective voice of the architectural profession in the state, AIA Michigan makes sure its concerns and interests are heard by key decision makers in Lansing. AIA Michigan's monitors of all regulatory matters affecting the profession.
Communications / Government Affairs
- This committee and a legislative counsel in Lansing works to produce positive results for the profession. Ongoing activities include the monitoring of legislative issues for interior designers, landscape architects, homebuilders, and school construction. A plan has been developed to strengthen and build industry coalitions among the members of the construction industry.
- Efforts to enforce licensing laws and prosecute unlicensed practitioners is an ongoing priority.
Minute Person Program
- Every member is listed in a data base by home address and congressional district. This makes it possible to contact members immediately for crucial Legislative Alerts.
- Funds are raised, separate from dues dollars, to support the campaigns of legislative candidates who understand the important role that architects play in creating a livable environment for Michigan.
- Architects present their work in a relaxed, informal setting at Torch Lake each Fall. Camaraderie, young architects, lesser known firms and affordable prices take a front seat.
- Continuing education is a mandatory requirement for AIA membership. AIA Michigan offers educational programs throughout the state to enable every architect to attain the required credits.
Intern Development Program (IDP)
- AIA Michigan coordinates chapter activities and works with national AIA on this mandatory program.
- Through activities that promote interaction between the members and allied professionals.
- This family-oriented conference has been held for almost sixty years on Mackinac Island in August. It is a major fund raising event. Architects are joined by engineers, contractors and vendors.
- For over thirty years, his program has promoted Michigan architects by raising the public's awareness of design excellence.
- The achievements of individual members are recognized through the AIA Michigan Gold Medal, the Hastings Award, the President's Award, and Young Architect Award. Honorary Affiliate membership is conveyed upon people who have made notable contributions to architecture but are not otherwise eligible for membership.
- Two receptions are typically hosted each year, including the Holiday Open House at the Beaubien House in December. The other is sometimes held in May to recognize the newly elected members of the College of Fellows. These events are important social occasions that promote fellowship and celebrate architecture.