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2021 AIA Pittsburgh Committees

Advocacy Committee

Cities are increasingly the level of government and community where scalable change and policy innovation happen. In response, this committee will identify, explore and advocate for issues that impact the built environment in western PA. The group is both a local version for the type of advocacy that happens in Harrisburg, and a more homegrown effort, with potential outreach and discussions with local legislators, City Council members, the Mayor’s Office, community development groups, institutions, and media outlets, among others.

AIA Pittsburgh’s Advocacy Committee is focused on three areas of interest:

  • representing members in professional matters within our local community;
  • interfacing with AIA National’s and AIA Pennsylvania’s advocacy agenda;
  • understanding how architects can contribute to quality of life issues in our city.

We advocate to promote architects, architecture and a sustainable, healthy and safe built environment in western PA through legislative action at the National, State and local levels.

AIA-MBA Joint Committee

This joint committee provides a unique forum for Architects, General Contractors, and Owners to meet and discuss existing conditions of the construction industry.  As a result of this forum, a set of guidelines was created to reflect the best practices for procedures involving drawings and specifications, bidding, contract documents, and administrative procedures during construction.

Committee on the Environment (COTE)

The COTE is a multidisciplinary group of building industry professionals who believe that sustainability is vital to design and construction at all scales. We organize opportunities for our community to learn about, be inspired by, experience, and advocate for the best “green” practices in planning, architecture, and construction. Through our partnerships with AIA Pennsylvania COTE and AIA National COTE, we serve as the voice on behalf of AIA architects regarding sustainable design.

Communications Committee

The committee seeks to enhance the public awareness of architects in the SWPA region through the media and special projects. It serves as a network for architects and marketing/communications professionals interested in public relations. This committee will advise on communications efforts and outlets including, but not limited to the following:

  • Website Content
  • E‐newsletters
  • Social Media/ video
  • Messaging and outlets for our committee work and events
  • Editorial

Design Pittsburgh Committee

This committee plans and executes AIA Pittsburgh’s signature program, Design Pittsburgh. Held annually, Design Pittsburgh is a celebration of architecture and design and honors those who create it. The program features the Design Awards competition, exhibition and celebration, in addition to a variety of other programs and initiatives. Through its efforts, the committee seeks to engage the public in and publicly promote the importance of good design in our communities.

Education Committee

Members direct the planning and/or development of AIA Pittsburgh’s continuing education programming, including but not limited to: Build Pittsburgh ‐ AIA Pittsburgh’s annual continuing education conference, Lunch & Learns, Procrastinator’s Day, and ad hoc trainings. What are the issues affecting the profession and firms in our region? What should we be preparing for? Who should we be learning from?

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

EDI is one of AIA Pittsburgh’s core values. The cases to be made for equitable practice—moral, business, ethical, professional, and societal—all rely on bolstering practices that are inclusive of differences and equitable in approach, process, and effect. The EDI Committee, formed in 2019, will explore and foster diversity, equality and inclusion in the architecture profession in our region. Our work will be guided by the AIA’s Guides for Equitable Practice. 

Healthcare Committee / AIA Academy of Architecture for Health


  • Share knowledge
  • Strengthen the pipeline of architects for health/ wellness design (future leaders)
  • Collaborate with other organizations

Some of our objectives:

  • Improve health design education
  • Connect to health design resources
  • Further sustainability in healthcare
  • Building tours
  • Academic collaboration

Committee meets bi-monthly on the second Monday of the month at the AIA Office, 5-6pm.

Outreach Committee

The Outreach Committee functions like an internal think tank for the profession. Some of the questions the group explores includes: who are our members and what do they value?, how are demographics in the profession changing?, what trends and developments are shaping the profession into the future? The group seeks to create a large, strong, and diverse membership of architects and related professionals. Duties of this committee include the following:

  • Engage in research to identify member needs and advise staff on how to best offer value to members and potential members.
  • Engage new and existing members in events and activities/ committees; raise awareness of trends and developments affecting the profession; identify partnership activities with like-minded groups.
  • Grow the membership: Assist in the development/implementation of membership campaigns and activities.

Young Architects Forum (YAF)

Its purpose of this committee is to support and encourage young professionals in the field of architecture to: obtain their license, become more involved with career development opportunities, and engage allied professionals through collaboration. Members of this committee continuously seek out new and fresh ideas and the energy and resources to implement them, and have fun doing it.