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Welcome! Scroll down to view a list of AIA Iowa Staff, learn more about AIA and the Central States Region. Or, use the drop down menu above to view a list of AIA Iowa Past Presidents and Fellows.

Chapter Mission & Objectives


Our mission is to serve the AIA Iowa membership by being the voice of the profession of architecture, promoting the value of good design, and advocating for the health and safety of the public.

AIA Iowa's strategic objectives are to:

I. Communicate the Value: Promoting the Profession of Architecture to the public 
II. Engaging Members: Increasing Member Satisfaction 
III. Advocacy: Advocate for our Membership and the Profession 
IV. Professional Development: Encourage the Professional Growth of the Membership

 

We are here for you, AIA Iowa Staff


The AIA Iowa Staff serves as a resource to AIA Iowa members, the architecture profession, and architectural enthusiasts. Have a question about membership, the Chapter, an architect, or architecture in Iowa? Contact us at 515.244.7502 or use our email addresses below.
    

Executive Director- Jessica Reinert, Hon. AIA Iowa, CAE, IOM 

Jessica is the chief advocate for the Iowa architectural profession. She leads the strategy and operations of the state chapter. Major areas of emphasis include board relations, government affairs, budget and financial oversight and the liaison to the national AIA. She is liaison to several AIA Iowa Committees including Awards, Convention, Construction Industry, Disaster Assistance, Finance Government Affairs, Iowa Architect Editorial Board, Nominating, and Spring Conference.  She also serves on the Iowa Architectural Foundation Board of Trustees and the Iowa Society of Association Executives Board of Directors. To contact Jessica, email her by clicking on her name here Jessica Reinert.

 

Marketing & Programming Director- Amy Spike

Amy is the Chapter's link to communications and professional development. Her tasks include public relations, event planning and promotions, administrating the AIA Iowa websites, managing the Chapter's social media accounts, and overseeing all AIA Iowa communications. In addition, she coordinates all continuing education programming. She is also a liaison for the Public Relations, Convention, Spring Conference, and Professional Development Committees. To contact Amy, email her by clicking on her name here Amy Spike

Finance & Membership Director- Vicki Scott

Vicki oversees the Chapter's day-to-day finances and all duties realted to membership with AIA Iowa. Responsibilities include recruitment and retention of members, maintenance of membership records, sales of contract documents, maintaining awards related to membership, maintenance of financial records, including accounts receivable and payable, payroll tax reporting, and payroll processing. She is also the staff liaison to AIA Iowa Sections and the Membership Committee. To contact Vicki, email her by clicking on her name here Vicki Scott.

Communications Coordinator- Jennifer Peters

Jennifer works part-time as the Communications Coordinator, she works closely with with Marketing & Programming Director. Responsibilities include website updates and maintenance, assistance in editing the weekly ARCH-E-NEWS and Addenda e-newsletters and the Iowa Architect magazine, media and news article tracking, and member communications. She is also the staff liaison to the following committees - Architectural Experience Program Committee, Diversity Committee, Emerging Professionals Committee, Government Affairs Committee, and the Young Architects Forum. She is available on Mondays and Wednesdays. To contact Jennifer, email her by clicking on her name here Jennifer Peters.


Membership & Office Coordinator- Amber Wagner

Amber works part-time as the Membership & Office Coordinator, she works closely with the Finance & Membership Director. Responsibilities include staff support for membership, including maintenance of membership records, and coordinating awards related to membership. On most days she is the first to answer the phone and to great visitors to the Iowa Center for Architecture. Amber also manages office supplies and equipment. She is available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. To contact Amber, email by clicking on her name here Amber Wagner.

About Us


The Chapter

In 1904, eight architects in Des Moines elected to form a Component of The American Institute of Architects (AIA). Today, more than 900 licensed architects and intern architects across the state belong to the Iowa Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. AIA Iowa is an association that supports and serves our members in a number of ways- through advocacy at the state level, providing the best in professional development opportunities, and acting as a public resource.

In order to increase our statewide outreach, AIA Iowa has 5 sections that serve their areas of the state: Central Iowa Architects Section (CIAS), North East Iowa Architects Section (NEIAS), North West Iowa Architects Section (NWIAS), South East Iowa Architects Section (SEIAS), and South West Iowa Architects Section (SEIAS). Each section has a Strategic Council that plans and hosts continuing education, networking opportunities, building tours, public outreach, and more. Learn more about our Sections here.

Within our office, we also house the Iowa Architectural Foundation and together we form the Iowa Center for ArchitectureThe Center fosters communication between the public, design, and construction communities across the state. It is the State’s leading cultural institution focusing on architecture, driving positive change through the power of design.

 

    AIA Iowa is a member of the American Society of Association Executives

AIA National


AIA Iowa is a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) representing and serving AIA Iowa members across the state. AIA Iowa represents and serves over 1200 individual member architects, associates, professional affiliates, students, and allied members who are working in fields related to architecture. Organizationally we are a local membership organization incorporated as a 501(c)6, a non-profit corporation and guided by the laws of the State of Iowa.

AIA Iowa is just one of 300 state and local chapters serving under AIA. The AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for our members in service to society. AIA Iowa assists in caring out the goals and missions of the national organization. For more information visit www.AIA.org or www.TopicArchitecture.com.

Central States Region


AIA Iowa is one of five states included in the AIA Central States Region (CSR). Additional states in the region include Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. The purposes and objectives of this organization are: 

  • To formulate and promote plans for Regional activities, fellowship and understanding to strengthen the bonds of membership within the Council; 
  • Serve as advisers to the Region’s Directors of the Institute to strengthen the Council’s position with the Board of Directors,
  • And the Institute;and to uphold and further the issues and objectives of The American Institute of Architect

There are a total of thirteen AIA Regions, the purpose of regions shall be to provide for the election of Regional Directors to the Board and to facilitate communication between the Board of Directors and components, thereby forwarding the objectives of the Institute, unifying its efforts, and improving administration of its affairs in the various parts of its domain.


CSR Emerging Professionals

The CSR Emerging Professionals are an active group of young professionals committed to providing others with access to resources and information about the CSR. Whether you are a student, recent graduate or architecture intern, or a recently licensed architect (0-10 years), you are considered an Emerging Professional. This group is dedicated to supporting you and your work throughout the CSR. For more information visit www.aiacsrep.orgwww.facebook.com/AIACSREmergingProfessionals, or @aiacsrep.

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