If you would like to join an AIA Akron Committee, email Jillian Tipton, AIA Akron’s Executive Director at

Advocacy Committee:

  • AIA Akron’s Advocacy Committee is charged with promoting the role architects play in our communities by meeting with local jurisdictions, promoting architect participation on boards and commissions and responding to issues that affect the profession of architecture and the built environment. Members of the Advocacy Committee meet quarterly and are invited to participate in AIA Ohio’s Legislative Day at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus and AIA’s Annual State & Local Government Conference, which will be held July 8-10, 2020 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dueling for Schooling / Fundraising Committee:

  • Members of the AIA Akron Fundraising Committee meet twice yearly, and primarily focus on the implementation and evaluation of AIA Akron’s largest fundraiser, Dueling for Schooling. Held in early November each year, this event features Dueling Pianos provided by Dueling Pianos International and includes a silent auction, raffles, and a variety of prizes, which enable us to provide funding for local scholarships and educational opportunities to our members. Committee members are tasked with securing sponsors, silent auction items and marketing this event to their professional networks.

AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI Golf Outing Committee:

  • Members of the AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI Golf Outing Committee jointly plan our annual golf outing, normally held on a Friday in June or July. The committee is responsible for making fundraising calls to secure sponsorship of the tournament as well as encouraging architects and those in the construction industry to participate in the tournament. Committee members are expected to attend the tournament as a player or a volunteer. Committee members will be lead by Akron-Canton CSI’s President Lee King, from Sol Harris/Day Architecture.

Mentorship Committee:

  • AIA Akron’s Mentorship Committee members strive to create a unique experience that promotes collaboration between all levels of professionals. This committee helps to facilitate cross-generational interaction between established and emerging professionals for personal and professional development, and the program is open to architects at every stage of practice. Popular events include Reflections at Rays after Kent State University CAED Lectures, assisting with the City of Green’s Safety City program, ARE Prep sessions, and joint meetings between AIA Akron and AIAS Kent State University students.

Program Committee:

  • The AIA Akron Programs Committee is tasked with planning chapter events that serve the educational needs of our members and promote architectural thought while finding and attracting interesting and exciting professionals to speak about all things related to our field. Programs include (but are not limited to) Hard Hat Tours, AIA Akron’s biannual Design Awards, ADA Seminars, Code Seminars and chapter discussions.