AXP/ARE Task Force
The AXP/ARE Task Force was formed to facilitate licensure for graduate architects. The Task Force consists of the Connecticut NCARB Coordinator, members of the Architecture Licensing Board, supervisors and mentors of AIA Connecticut Architecture firms, faculty of NAAB accredited Schools of Architecture, representatives of the Emerging Professionals committee and AIA Connecticut staff. The purpose of the Task Force is to share information on best practices and exam preparedness. The goal of the Task Force is to provide optimum resources inclusive of study material, lectures and volunteer mentors.
Allied Advisory Members provide a channel of support and communications between related service providers (allied members) and AIA members. The committee assists the staff in providing support in planning major events and securing sponsors.
The BP&R Committee focuses on code related issues as well as the performance of building materials systems and supports codes and building performance programs to aid AIA Connecticut members in fulfilling their Continuing Education requirements.
The COTE Committee promotes the chapter’s involvement in sustainable and energy-related issues and develops programs to aid AIA Connecticut members in fulfilling their Continuing Education requirements on environmental matters, as well as the role of architects in mitigating environmental damage.
The Design Committee oversees the annual awards programs that include the Design Awards, the Chrysalis Award , the Alice Washburn Awards, the Business Architecture Awards, the Drawing Awards, the Public Service Awards, Sustainable Architecture Awards, and Connecticut Treasures, in addition to planning lectures and tours of buildings of note.
The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Community promotes the chapter’s stance on equity and human rights. The Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) Knowledge Community promotes the chapter’s position on equity and human rights. JUSTICE is acknowledging and denouncing racism and sexism, removing barriers to opportunities, and promoting the success of all individuals in the profession; EQUITY is providing balanced resources and opportunities to ensure every practitioner can reach an equal outcome; DIVERSITY is encompassing an array of practitioners who represent varied experiences and perspectives; INCLUSION is fostering a sense of belonging for all voices and perspectives to feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued to fully participate.
The Emerging Professionals Community is an active social and professional network. Geared specifically toward recent graduates, Architectural Experience Program™ (AXP™) participants, young architects, designers, and other design/build professionals, EP hosts tours, presentations, firm visits, and other programs. It hosts regular planning meetings, which all interested professionals are encouraged to attend, and a number of programs throughout the year. Anyone building their AEC career is welcome to join, connect, and contribute.
The Government Affairs Committee serves as a legal watchdog for the profession and also focuses on legislative and licensing issues and on encouraging AIA Connecticut participation in local, state and federal government.
The committee’s focus is identifying professional practice issues significant to local practice, offer key professional and educational opportunities and discussions in support of more effective local practice.
The Women in Architecture Committee provides an environment for women architects and allied professionals to enhance their professional development, networking, and leadership skills.
Opportunities for AIA Continuing Education Credit
We are happy to announce that AIA is now permitting some credit for continuing education for committee service. Serving on a committee is considered professional service. Architects can self report a maximum of two hours per year of professional/community service—such as design boards, code committees, AIA committees, disaster recovery consults/committees.
If members have had to do a lot of research for their committee service, such as studying planning issues, local code changes, etc., they can file a self report for research for the subject researched. It must be information that can be applied to the practice of architecture. Research is non-HSW, non-sustainable credit, but members can get credit for it.