Call for Nominations: 2019 Board of Directors


To assist the Nominating Committee in preparing a slate of nominees with complimentary aptitudes for the Board of Directors and Foundation Board or identify potential candidates for participation in our Knowledge Communities and Board Committees, please submit a letter of interest to address any of the relevant points below. Please emphasize those areas in which you feel you have particular strengths or unique offerings. There is no expectation that everyone will have something to offer in each area. Feel free to describe any other characteristics not listed here that you feel might be of benefit to either of the boards noted above or Committee appointments.


General Information: Describe your area of practice or specialty, firm size, your role in your organization, and the level of support and encouragement your employer will provide if you are elected to the board or appointed to a committee.

Area of Interest: Discuss your past and current involvement in AIA Chicago committees and Knowledge Communities (KC) and whether you have an interest in acting as a liaison between the board and any specific committee or KC. See below for a list of board committees and a link to the KC page.


Sponsorship: Cultivate a robust and dedicated group of companies and individuals to provide event sponsorship for AIA Chicago's many celebrations, symposia, and more.
Membership: Explore opportunities to grow AIA Chicago's architect, associate, student and affiliate membership.
Advocacy: Create and curate programming that directs conversations around issues such as diversity, sustainability, policy, and more.              
Honors and Awards: Lead the development of juries and competitions throughout the year.

Click here to read more about AIA Chicago's Knowledge Communities. 

Board Responsibilities: Board members are expected to attend all monthly meetings and specific AIA Chicago events. Refer to the Committees and Areas of Responsibility and list any that interest you, and describe the specific assets or experience you would bring to them.

Sponsorship: Describe any previous experience in sponsorship activities, your network of potential sponsors and your ability and interest in working to engage them.

Political Advocacy: Discuss your involvement in political advocacy including any established relationships with elected representatives, past participation in Prairie Grassroots/AIA National Grassroots Leadership Conferences and your capacity and intention to continue these.

Social, Professional & Academic network: Discuss any connections you would bring to the board that could broaden and deepen AIA Chicago’s engagement with allied professionals, architecture schools, the owner/client community, the general public, and other relevant communities.

Time commitment: Discuss your ability to prepare for and participate in regular meetings and your commitment to attend major chapter events and functions such as the Annual Meeting, Designight, National Convention, Grassroots, new member reception, etc.

Other Assets: Describe any other special experience you may have such as marketing, accounting, budgeting, organization administration, grant proposal writing, etc.

Personal Statement: Concisely describe your motivation to serve on the AIA Chicago board of directors.

Please limit your letter of interest to one page. A one-page resume may also be included if desired.

Address the letter to the AIA Chicago Nominating Committee and email it to Anjulie Rao, Communications Director, at by 5:00pm on October 8, 2018.