Emerging Professionals – AIA Kansas Emerging Professionals strives to ease the transition from school to the working world and on through the blossoming of a licensed Architect. We hold events to create a sense of community among our newest additions to the profession of architecture. We are also closely involved with local chapters of AIA, who so graciously sponsor many of our events. Emerging Professionals attempts to utilize the licensed members of AIA to offer mentorship our members and allow them to gain a fresh perspective of our ever-changing occupation

Young Architects Forum –   The Young Architects Forum (YAF) is a program of the American Institute of Architects and is organized to address issues of particular importance to recently licensed architects.  Have you been licensed for ten years or less? Discover the many resources available for recently licensed architects in the areas of leadership, mentorship, and fellowship. Join the Young Architects Forum by updating your AIA member profile (listed under “Your Knowledge Communities”).

The AIA Kansas Communications Task Force works to implement our organization’s vision and mission statements through a coordinated effort to improve the quality, relevance and consistency of our internal and external communications.  Projects include the creation and maintenance of our website and social media accounts, organizing an Editorial Board to plan a yearly calendar of published content written by our membership, developing a toolkit of best practices in communications, and collaborating with the local Sections to assist them in publicizing local events and news.  We are currently working with staff to develop an overarching ‘communications strategy’ for AIA Kansas to develop an approach to continue to expand and improve our communications efforts while taking advantage of the features and services that will be offered as part of AIA National’s ‘Digital Transformation’, coming in 2015-2016.  If you are interested in serving on the task force or have a communications related idea or piece of news, please contact us! Katie Nichols (chair)

Disaster Assessment and Assistance – A joint program of AIA Kansas, the Heart of America Chapter of the International Codes Council and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, the program has evolved to become the State of Kansas’ initial damage assessment tool. Coordinators evaluate the magnitude of the disaster and, if needed, provide teams of architects, engineers and building inspectors to inspect damaged buildings and assist the community in planning their recovery and rebuilding efforts. Volunteers must complete a training course to become state certified disaster inspectors prior to participating in the program.

State Co-Chair
Ava Moore Christie
West Star Development
13617 W 10th Street
Lenexa KS 66215
AIA Kansas Office
700 SW Jackson, Suite 209
Topeka, KS 66603

The next scheduled AIA Kansas Disaster Training session will be on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at the 2016 AIA Kansas Conference.


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