The Executive Committee “Excom” is comprised of the four officers of the Board of Directors. This includes the President, Vice President (President Elect), Treasurer and Secretary. The Executive Director participates in the committee meetings as a non-voting member.

Excom’s responsibilities include:

  • Preparing the annual budget for Board Approval
  • Development of program budgets for Board Approval
  • Development of Strategic Plans and Chapter’s annual goal

The Nominating Committee “NomCom” is responsible to developing a list of proposed candidates for Directors and Offices that is presented to the Board for approval to take to the Chapter for a vote. Nominations from the floor are also allowed on the date of the vote.

NonCom’s responsibilities include:

  • Compiling a list of potential Director candidates
  • Interview potential Director candidates
  • Come to a consensus on what to recommend to the Board of Directors
  • Provide a formal nomination list the the Board of Directors

The Past President’s committee is comprised of past presidents of AIA Orange County. This committee is largely sounding board for the Executive Director and Executive Committee. The Past Presidents meets on a as-needed basis.

The AIAOC Committee on the Environment (COTE) is a professional group dedicated to the advancement of sustainable design practices, education which enhances the quality of integration between the natural and built environment, and advocacy on behalf of AIA architects for sustainable, high performance design of the built environment.

This group invites all who have an interest in sustainable design principles and practices to join this collaborative community to further sustainability in Orange County and to influence sustainable built environments worldwide. AIAOC COTE provides education and shares expertise on a variety of topics, including water, energy, materials, waste management, passive design strategies, and more. Together we are leaders and advocates toward a sustainable future, encouraging the community and those we reach to ‘BE Sustainable’.

See the calendar for upcoming COTE meetings. Fill out the “Join a Committee” form at the bottom of this page if you would like more information.

The AIA Orange County annual Student Design Competition was created to assist local community college students advance to accredited Schools of Architecture. Sponsored by AIAOC members and firms, students are required to respond to specific program criteria in their design response. Submittals are juried and rated with the top awards presented at the annual AIA Orange County Design Awards Gala. Those awarded receive public recognition, an award for their portfolio, and a cash prize.

Program strategies include:

The Student Design Competition (SDC) allows participants to make a statement on the importance of sustainable design on a real site. Participants are asked to identify, research, document, design, and develop logistical and implementation strategies for an overall sustainable response for a unique setting within Orange County. These responses shall be founded within the context of a socially responsible, sustainable, and ecologically sensitive framework.

With this premise in mind, participants shall identify community design needs to determine the best fit for this site. Is it housing, hospitality, commercial, educational, or a combination of many factors? How is sustainability and environmental sensitivity integrated into the design and why? What makes the final presentation a statement rooted in the spirit of community? These are only a few questions participants are asked to consider as they develop a new way of living.

As quoted by host and motivation speaker Dr. Robert H Schuler, “It is our desire to afford each participant an opportunity to explore the realm of possibilities.”

See the calendar for upcoming meetings. Fill out the “Join a Committee” form at the bottom of this page if you would like more information.

Provides a forum for associates to cross-communicate with practicing architects and to train and transition effectively into the profession. Assists in preparation for the Architect Registration Exams (ARE) and California Supplemental Exam (CSE).

See the calendar for upcoming emerging professional programs. Fill out the “Join a Committee” form at the bottom of this page if you would like more information.

In October 2016, we launched “Women in Architecture” committee for AIA Orange County. WIA-AIAOC is an all inclusive committee for AIA, Associate AIA and Allied AIA women members.

What do women of AIAOC want?

Instead of basing our committee’s ideals and goals on the data driven by popular media surveys and articles, we convened together for a round table meeting at our launch and discussed what is most important for us in the committee. We touched on topics such as compensation gaps, and inherent stereotypes and gender roles observed during site visits, as well as the lack of women role models in education, and in practice.

However, throughout our discussion we had a common reference; we all wanted to use Women in Architecture to make a positive difference in AIA Orange County.

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The AIAOC Artwalk program was founded in 2010 and has enjoyed great success in the years that have followed. Artists come together from a wide array of backgrounds, from students to professional artists alike, to share and celebrate the achievements of those who share a passion for creative exploration. The Artwalk Committee is committed to continuing this tradition year-after-year and looks forward to what the future years of this program will become!

See the calendar for upcoming Artwalk meetings. Fill out the “Join a Committee” form at the bottom of this page if you would like more information.

The AIA Orange County Design Awards recognizes outstanding work by local architects, both within the county and across the country. The purpose of the awards program is to honor the architects, clients, and consultants who work together to achieve design excellence.

The committee organizes and implements the annual AIA Orange County Design Awards Competition and Awards Celebration.

Design Awards Committee Meeting Details

See the calendar for upcoming Design Award Committee meetings. Please check back again for more information or fill out the “Join a Committee” form at the bottom of this page if you would like more information.

The Advocacy Committee is an on-call group of Architects who assist our local communities through the Architecture 101 Program. Information on the Architecture 101 Program can be found here.

See the calendar for upcoming Advocacy/Community Outreach Committee meetings. Fill out the “Join a Committee” form at the bottom of this page if you would like more information.

The Firm Visit Committee is comprised of 2-4 people who visit AIA Firms within the chapter. The main goal is to collect information on how the Chapter can improve itself, what are the issues facing our profession and how to best communicate to our members. About 10-15 firm lists are done each year.

If you are interested in having this committee visit your office, please fill out this contact form.

The communications and social media committee is responsible for coordinating content on AIA Orange County’s various social media accounts. The social media used by AIAOC includes:

Communications & Social Media Committee Meeting Details

This committee meets monthly via “Go to meeting” video conferencing. Fill out the “Join a Committee” form at the bottom of this page if you would like more information.

The Fellows Committee puts on the Demystifying Fellowship program in March and also selects the 25-year award. They are also a great resource of the Chapter that are frequently called on for advise, mentoring and to assist in putting on programs for the Chapter.

Committed to AIAOC governance, the Secretary Advisory Committee is responsible for updating of Bylaws and issuance of Policies.

See the calendar for upcoming Secretary Advisory Committee meetings. Fill out the “Join a Committee” form at the bottom of this page if you would like more information.

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