Interest Groups

ADVOCACY - monitor and influence city, county, state architecture-related issues; Committee members engage in local issues - city, county and state - appear at public hearings to discuss the issues, coordinate with the Board and members and draft written proposals for consensus voice of the AIA.

Government Advocacy - Plan Santa Barbara, Reach Code, other specific initiatives as they arise

City/ County Bldg. Dept. Relations - communicate with local jurisdictions to improve permitting process, coordinate efforts with local contractors and engineers
Chair: Craig Goodman

COTE (Committee on the Environment) - participate in statewide environmental advocacy efforts through AIACC, help with local
Chair: Paul Poirier

CalGreen implementation, participate in local chapter of COTE network

EDUCATION - architecture professional development, certification, training; Committee members coordinate learning opportunities for the members, focusing on professional development, training, mentorship and licensing

Disaster Preparedness and Response - members organize SAP (Safety Asessment Program) training opportunities for architects and engineers; help organize members' efforts in case of a local emergency
Chair: Paul Poirier

AIAS - engage with our local architecture students to support their efforts, encourage their involvement with AIA

Schools Outreach - members attend Career day and/ or Partners for Education events at local schools, participate in BEEP to raise the young generation's awareness of architecture
Chair: Ellen Bildsten, Susanne Kortz-Tejada, Barry Berkus

Mentorship - organize mentorships among members - emerging professional (0-5 years), midlevel unlicensed (5-15 years), midlevel unlicensed (5-15 years) and seasoned professional (15+ years)
Chair: Paul Rupp

Small firm roundtable - members organize gatherings of small firm owners and employees to share experiences, best business practices, CAD and BIM standards

MEMBERSHIP - services, involvement, benefits, networking Committee members reach out to current and lapsed members to enhance, communicate value of membership, organize internal AIA recognition for members

Membership - contact lapsed members to encourage membership)

Awards Program - organize submissions, judges, etc. for Design awards every 3 years

Fellowship nominations - nominate members in various categories to the Board annually and support members applying for Fellowship
Chair: Joe Moticha

Firm Design discussions (An Evening with ---) and happy hour - organize 6 times per year, food, drinks, theme, equipment, coordinate with presenting architect

Hard Hat tours - organize tours of members' projects under construction, 6 times per year, liability waivers, coordinate with presenting architect, contractor, allied affiliates

Related organization outreach - members look for opportunities to collaborate, support and interact with related organizations such as AFSB, SBCA, USGBC, TSP, SB4all, CEC, WID and others

Sponsorship - develop relationships with corporate and other sponsors to help finance specific AIA events

EVENTS PLANNING - lectures, tours, exhibits, art collaboration, book signings Committee members act upon opportunities for architecture-related events for members and the public

Special events - members organize Holiday party, General membership meetings and one-time architecture-related events as opportunities arise
Chair: Ken Allison

ArchitecTours - subcommittees to determine featured projects, transportation needs, etc. for major annual fundraiser
Chair: Mark Coffin

COMMUNICATIONS (to inform and engage) - public awareness, social media, website, software, newsletter

Newsletter - twice annual frequency, determine theme of content, organize submitted articles from members and format/ edit the document

Website - monitor and advise for website improvements and updates as needed
Chair: Detlev Peikert, Cass Ensberg, Michelle Lang

Press releases - write content as needed for member news items and AIA events

Social Media - organize and monitor online chapter communications, blog, Facebook