AIA Florida Northwest is always looking for volunteers to help steer the chapter's future. If you are interested in serving on a chapter committee, please CLICK HERE.
Programming CommitteeThe programming committee is responsible for planning CEU events that support members, both in-person and virtual, throughout the Florida Northwest chapter's geographic region. For architects and AIA members, this includes hard hat and walking tours, guest lectures, and AIA Extra events. Programming Committee releases an annual CEU Survey that collects member feedback and provides CEU opportunities that respond to the survey. Meetings are currently held the first Tuesday of the month from 12 - 1p.m.
Women in Architecture CommitteeThe definitive leadership resource for women in the architecture profession, the Women in Architecture (WIA) Committee develops and promotes women leaders within the architecture profession, with a focus on mentorship, licensure, and networking opportunities in architecture and the allied design and building industries. The mission of the Women in Architecture (WIA) Committee is to increase the viability and visibility of women in architecture and in the related design and construction industries. Meetings occur the second Tuesday of the month from 12-1 p.m.
Community Outreach CommitteeThe Community Outreach Committee is responsible for planning 2-3 events per year to engage with different organizations in the Northwest Florida community and foster positive relationships between organizations within the community and local architects. Each year, this committee holds a main Helping Hands Event which provides Christmas Trees to Children and families at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital over the holiday season, as well as stockings to the Hawthorn House Assisted Living Facility. The committee will meet virtually and in-person to plan and attend events, and meetings will be flexible to meet the needs of those volunteerng. The anticipated time commitment will be based on the number of volunteers participating in the committee, and the ambition level of the group. This committee will also help coordinate non-gingerbread K-12/Higher Ed educational outreach which is an ongoing goal of the chapter.
Gingerbread CommitteeGingerbread Committee is responsible for maintaining relationships with current participating schools, securing volunteers, local partners and sponsorships, as well as hosting multiple judging events at the end of the year (November and December). This event provides 4th and 5th grade students with the opportunity to learn about architecture, discuss zoning and building code in a fun way, and create edible masterpieces in a family friendly event. The number of schools who participate each year is flexible, and able to grow and shrink as needed (minimum – 1 school, max- no cap). Planning for this committee begins in July.
The PensaCAN committee is responsible for planning a yearly charitable friendly competition between business teams to raise awareness to “Demolish Hunger and Design Hope” by creating colossal structures made entirely out of cans and boxes filled with food that will be donated after an exhibit at the mall to Manna Food Pantry for distribution to the hungry in our local community. The food structures will be judged by local celebrity judges for maximum media exposure and the winning teams in each category will be awarded a trophy to display in their office. Manna and AIA will issue press releases. The committee will be tasked to coordinate and work with our long-standing partners, call businesses to encourage build participation plus monetary sponsorships, review rules, discuss guidelines, confirm awards, look at themes, and review committee description. The committee will also work on an information packet to be used on the AIA NWFL and Manna websites that will include a summary cover sheet, sponsorship packet, guidelines, and food order forms. Planning meetings for this committee begin mid-year.