Committees

AIA Silicon Valley Committees

The Chapter’s committees are the backbone of our organization. When you join committees, your perspectives and actions help to identify issues and develop positions on issues important to both the profession and our members. Our Chapter work affects professional architectural practice and the image of architects while also serving the public.

To join an AIA Silicon Valley committee please fill out a volunteer form and the appropriate committee chair will reach out to you.

ADVOCACY COMMITTEE
Advocacy is an integral part of our mission – to promote architects and architecture in Santa Clara County through legislative action at the State and local level.
Chair: Open

ARCHITECTURAL INTELLIGENCE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE (AI CONFERENCE)
A biennial one-day conference that examines some of the most pressing challenges facing our industry and offers expert intelligence on how we can elevate our local communities. Committee members plan and coordinate the event and assist with fundraising. The next conference is to be in spring of 2021.
Chair: Open

COMMITTEE ON THE ENVIRONMENT (COTE)
Promotes stewardship of the environment as a role of the Architect and provides to the membership and the public information, expertise, education and networking on green building and sustainable design practices.
Chairs: Fanny Wu, AIA and David Edwards, PhD

CORPORATE PARTNERS COMMITTEE
Promotes and organizes the membership of and activities with selected allied professionals to foster greater interaction between them and our architect members.
Chair: Open

CUSTOM RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTS NETWORK COMMITTEE (CRAN)
This committee is composed of licensed architects residing or working in Santa Clara County whose practice focuses primarily on custom residential projects, especially single family homes for the purpose of developing knowledge and information to benefit architects who are engaged in, or who are interested in learning more about, custom residential practice.
Chair: Michael Dern, AIA

DESIGN AWARDS COMMITTEE
This is a juried program that is scheduled for fall of 2020. Planning, fundraising and volunteers for the day are needed.
Chair: Keith Blaine

EMERGING PROFESSIONALS COMMITTEE (EPC)
Provides a forum for associates to cross-communicate with practicing architects and to train and transition effectively into the profession. Assists in preparation for the Architect Registration Exams (ARE) and California Supplemental Exam (CSE).
Chair: Open

FELLOWS COMMITTEE
Aids in the selection of appropriate Chapter members for advancement to fellowship according to criteria established by AIA.
Chair: Pamela Anderson-Brulé, FAIA

GOLF TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE
This one-day tournament has been ongoing since 1987. The committee members handle the fundraising and planning; volunteers are also needed on the day of the tournament.
Chairs: Scott Smithwick, AIA

HOME TOURS COMMITTEE
This annual, one-day event connects architects, homeowners, and enthusiasts who are interested in designing beautiful homes in a responsible, sustainable fashion. The committee coordinates the details of the Home Tours and its preceding event, Meet the Architects. Many volunteers are needed on the day of the Home Tours.
Chair: Caroline Kwak, AIA

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
The goal is to promote and maintain membership in the AIA Silicon Valley Chapter. Creates, organizes and manages programs to promote, encourage and recruit members to Chapter committee and activity involvement.
Chair: Natalie Thomas, AIA

PRACTICE LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE
The PLC hosts events and creates resources for AIASVC members related to business planning, strategy, growth, transition, leadership development, HR, marketing, finances, technology, operations, and more.
Chairs: Leah A. Bayer, AIA and Mariana Alvarez Parga, AIA

PROGRAMS COMMITTEE
Organizes and manages monthly meeting programs with topics and locations based on the interests of a majority of our Chapter members.
Chair: Steve Sowa, AIA

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
Organizes, manages and oversees the scholarship awards program and related fundraising.
Chair: Kent Brown 

WOMEN IN ARCHITECTURE COMMITTEE (WIA)
WIA is composed of women architects and allies in the Chapter for the purpose of increasing the incidence and visibility of women in architecture and in related design and construction industries. Visit WIA's website.
Chair:  Dasha Ortenberg, Associate AIA