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.
AXP/ARE Task Force
The AXP/ARE Task Force was formed to facilitate licensure for graduate architects.
At present the Task Force consists of members of the Architecture Licensing Board, the Connecticut NCARB Coordinator, supervisors and mentors of AIA Connecticut Architecture firms, faculty of University of Hartford, 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.
The Allied Members Committee provides 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.
The COTE Committee promotes the chapter’s involvement in sustainable and energy-related issues and educates its architect members in environmental matters, as well as the role of architects in mitigating environmental damage.
The Design Committee oversees the annual Design Awards program, the Chrysalis (formerly Emerging Architectural Firm) Award program, the Alice Washburn Award program, the Business Architecture Award program, the Public Service Award program and Connecticut Treasures, in addition to planning lectures and tours of buildings of note.
The Education Committee supports professional development programs to aid AIA Connecticut members in fulfilling their Continuing Education requirements and to broaden their knowledge of practice, business and technological issues. Working with other organizations, the committee generally serves as the “touch point” on historic issues within AIA Connecticut as well as to other organizations.
The Emerging Professionals Group 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 Professional Practice Roundtable addresses practice issues and shares information between practitioners in a casual format. Outside experts often lead the roundtables.
A dynamic roundtable meeting nine times a year, the Small Firms group explores and discusses issues specific to small practices. Speakers are often featured. This is a must for the sole practitioner and micro firm.
The Women in Architecture Committee provides an environment for women architects and allied professionals to enhance their professional development, networking, and leadership skills.
Historic Resources Committee
HRC works globally to identify, understand and preserve architectural heritage, sharing its expertise with architects and the public through newsletters, conferences and convention activities.