AIA Cincinnati invites members, architects, and those interested in architecture to get involved with one of our committees, knowledge communities, program committees or special events committees. If you would like to get involved, join us for a meeting or program, or have questions, please contact AIA Cincinnati staff.


AIA Cincinnati committees meet regularly and work on specific chapter initiatives. If you would like to get involved, join us for a meeting or program, or have questions, please contact AIA Cincinnati staff.

Advocacy Committee
Chair: Chris Patek, MSA

The Advocacy Committee works to strengthen the position of AIA Architects in the building industry by identifying and promoting the issues, policies, and positions important to the profession, the business, and the practice of architecture. The committee meets as needed on Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 am at RWA, 2771 Observatory Ave, 45208.

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee meets the third Tuesday of the month from 9-10am at the Cincinnati Center for Architecture + Design, 1114 Race Street 45202. The committee works with the executive director to develop public relations, marketing, and outreach strategies to better tell our stories to our members and the general public through traditional and social media. 

Emerging Professionals
Co-Chairs: Matthew Zix, MSA and Lindsay Schweitzer, RWA

The Emerging Professionals group is organized to address issues of particular importance to recent graduates and interns, as well as newly licensed architects. This group supports the needs of emerging professionals by providing resources, seminars, and networking opportunities.


Our knowledge communities meet regularly to hold continuing education programs, community conversations, and panel discussions on targeted issues. If you would like to get involved, join us for a meeting or program, or have questions, please contact AIA Cincinnati staff.

CRAN – Custom Residential Architecture Network
Chair: Brad Ewing, ESM Architects

Meets monthly on the first Tuesday from noon-1pm. Meeting locations and presenters are outlined on the calendar. People engaged in, or who are interested in learning more about, custom residential practice are invited to participate in workshops and programs to enhance their skills and knowledge as well as help raise public awareness of local architects in residential design.

Urban Design
Chair: Couper Gardiner, m.Arch Inc. 
Co-Chair: Aaron Kingsley, GBBN

Meets monthly on the second Wednesday from 5:30-7pm at the Cincinnati Center for Architecture + Design, 1114 Race Street 45202. The Urban Design community provides opportunities to share informed viewpoints on specific urban planning issues through meetings, workshops, and public forums while increasing the role of Cincinnati architects in the public/private sector decision-making process. Urban Design works to continue an exchange of practices and ideas for architecture beyond individual buildings and client interests, with active partnering relationships that impact expected changes.


Program committees provide year-round educational and professional development opportunities for AIA Cincinnati members and allied professionals. If you would like to get involved, join us for a meeting or program, or have questions, please contact AIA Cincinnati staff.

The Academy
Chair: Randy Merrill, MSP
Co-Chair: Tom Shumaker, Cincinnati Commercial Construction

The Academy is focused on providing high-quality continuing education experiences for architects and the professionals who support them (see calendar for upcoming programs). In addition to ongoing programming, each November, the Academy Summit (formerly Procrastinator University) provides two days of LU/HSW credits for AIA members and others to complete their required annual continuing education credits. You can get involved by attending an Academy program or by helping the Academy committee plan and execute programs. Academy committee meetings take place on the second Friday of each month, 7:30-8:30 at McGill, Smith, and Punshon (call-in option available).

Chair: Doug Richards, GBBN
Co-Chair: Marcene Kinney, GBBN

VISION is a year-long, award-winning program that supports emerging professionals interested in developing the skills necessary to advance to higher levels within the architectural profession. Each year, a class of a dozen candidates are selected to take part in monthly full-day training and workshops. Applications are accepted in October and the program runs November through August. In addition, VISION offers seven public keynote talks on subjects including community, advocacy, and the design process. VISION Keynote talks take place the third Thursday of the month, January through July, 5:30-7pm, locations vary and are posted on the calendar.


AIA Cincinnati organizes or contributes to several annual events. The committees responsible for planning these special events meet infrequently throughout the year. If you would like to get involved, join us for a meeting or program, or have questions, please contact AIA Cincinnati staff.

Canstruction (April)
Chair: Mark Streicher, C3 Architecture & Design, Ltd.

Canstruction, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that holds annual design and build competitions across the country to benefit local food banks. AIA Cincinnati has at least one representative serving on the local planning committee, and dozens of AIA Cincinnati members are involved in designing and building the programs each year. To get involved, you can participate in the committee or organize a team at your firm.

CRANawards (April)
Co-Chair: Rick Meyer, Meyer Brothers and Sons

The Cincinnati CRANawards is a juried awards program held annually by AIA Cincinnati’s Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) to celebrate and recognize outstanding projects by residential architects working in Cincinnati. Each year, a distinguished residential architect from outside of the chapter is invited to convene a jury for review of recently completed work. Winners are announced at the CRANawards banquet in the spring. You can get involved by serving on the planning committee, submitting a project, attending the banquet, sponsoring the event, or volunteering during the event itself.

SAIDworks (September)
Chair: Alex Christoforidis, University of Cincinnati

Each year, AIA Cincinnati partners with the University of Cincinnati’s School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID) on an event to connect local firms with co-op candidates. SAIDworks gives local design firms an opportunity to showcase their firms, work, and culture to current students looking for co-op opportunities. The event begins with firm presentations followed by networking and opportunities for students to sign up for portfolio reviews. The following day, firm staff meet with students to review their portfolios and discuss co-op opportunities. Volunteers are needed to help plan the program, encourage firm participation, and provide on-site staffing during the event.

Sycamore Creek Sporting Clays (October)
Chair: Jonathan Wood, Wood Architects

The Sycamore Creek Club near Wards Corner provides over 20 stations of challenging clay shoots. Teams of three or four complete the course and compete for recognition as the highest scoring team and highest individual scorer. Dinner by Eli’s BBQ is served on the rustic patio. Volunteers are needed to help plan this annual event, recruit sponsors and participants, and to provide on-site staffing the day of the event.

Cincinnati Design Awards (November)
Co-Chairs: Michelle VonderBrink, IIDA at Champlin Architecture and Luke Field, AIA at Platte Architecture + Design

The Cincinnati Design Awards (CDA) program recognizes the best built-environment design produced by Cincinnati-area creative firms and promotes the social and economic value of good design in our community. Each year, a distinguished nationwide jury of design thought leaders and eminent practitioners presents the awards to projects submitted by local architecture, interiors, landscape, experiential graphic designers, and community planners. The event is organized by a committee representing the partner organizations AIA, APA, ASID, ASLA, IIDA, and SEGD. The committee meets the second Tuesday of the month, 8:30-9:30 am, at the Cincinnati Center for Architecture + Design, 1114 Race Street 45202. If you are interested in participating in the 2020 CDA committee, please submit a request via the CDA website.