The AIAS is governed by the Bylaws and a ten member Board of Directors that meets at least four times each school year. The Board and the activities of the organization are guided by the input provided by the Council of Presidents (COP) that meets twice each year. The COP is comprised of one delegate from each chapter in good standing. To be a chapter in good standing, the chapter must be current in payment of chapter dues, have more than ten individual members and be in compliance with the AIAS Bylaws.
The AIAS has a number of committees, advisory and working groups that function as advisory or working groups of the Board and report regularly to the Board on the work performed.
The Governance Committee is responsible for periodically evaluating governance issues of the organization and make recommendations as appropriate to the Board.
The Finance Committee is responsible for acting in conjunction with the executive director in the preparation of the annual budget for review and approval by the full Board. The Finance Committee is entitled to request and receive periodic reports from the outside auditor. It may also periodically evaluate the organization’s financial status and make suggestions and recommendations to the national office and the Board.
The Personnel Committee is responsible for evaluating the performance of the executive director and officers as per the outline of responsibilities defined in the executive director’s and officers’ employment contract, in the Bylaws and the Rules of the Board, and in any other performance guidelines and goals defined by the committee and previously agreed to by the executive director and officers.
The Membership Committee shall find means for advancement in the quality of membership by periodically evaluating the specific needs of the membership. This includes defining typologies within the current and anticipated membership and curating a list of resources needed for each typology and suggesting means of information dissemination to the national office.
FORUM Site Selection Committee
The FORUM Site Selection Committee is responsible for recommending to the board the potential host cities of future FORUM conferences. The committee evaluates different potential host cities on appeal, accessibility, and financial sense.
The Elections Committee facilitates the process of elections of the next board of directors and the next QUAD conference hosts.
Freedom by Design Advisory Group
The Freedom by Design Advisory Group is responsible for the oversight and formation of direction to the mission of Freedom by Design. The group is charged with pushing the program forward with what it offers to the communities of our chapters.
Advocacy Task Force
The Advocacy Advisory Group is responsible for the oversight and formation of direction on advocacy related programming and forward motion. The group is charged with exploring opportunities for the advancement of equity, health, sustainability, and justice in schools of architecture, and the profession. The group also maintains action and forward motion of legislature pertaining to the AIAS membership, including the National Design Services Act.
Design Think Tank
The Design Think Tank is responsible for investigating and enhancing the relationship between AIAS and design in schools of architecture, highlighting how the AIAS can become a venue for leaders in design. This group will also suggest more robust programming in regards to competitions, publications and membership value.
The Global Council is a representational body and is responsible for the curation of ideas for content and programming to increase value for international chapters, and ultimately develop an actionable strategic plan to advocate for these members.
2017 Proposed Resolutions and Amendments
Proposed amendments to any proposed resolution may be submitted in advance of FORUM. Discussion and voting on any proposed resolution and amendment will occur at the 2017 FORUM Texas Council of Presidents. For any items of importance beyond a resolution, a Town Hall will also be held to field questions and engage in more casual discussion. This is a new format to the Council of President’s process to allow for earlier consideration of changes, encourage full chapter discussion in advance of FORUM, and enhance the on-site experience and execution of the Council of President’s meeting. Additional information about the schedule and process are listed below:
Proposed By: Northeastern University & University of Nebraska-Lincoln
I move that the AIAS investigate how involvement within AIAS can translate into tangible benefits within the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) to propose improvements to current perceived benefits.
EXPLANATION: Currently as it stands, anyone who graduates from an accredited architecture school, either with a B.Arch or M.Arch, can receive 18 months of free AIA Associate membership. Perhaps this should be reviewed and recalibrated to better promote AIAS which should directly feed into AIA post-graduation. Furthermore, involvement within AIAS should also relate to NCARB as our student body is the main source for emerging professionals looking to pursue licensure.
Proposed By: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
I move that our organization waive future registration fees and costs for standing national AIAS events, such as Grassroots, Forum and Quadrant conferences, for sitting chapter presidents, or their appointed delegate, to promote larger participation in our Council of President quorum.
EXPLANATION: As a chapter, we value the impact of national AIAS events and believe that sending delegates to participate in the national organization’s discourse is paramount in effecting change. Due to the rising cost of travel and lodging, a lot of our chapter resources are being spread thin to cover our members’ expenses to attend these said conferences. We are confident other chapters may feel the same as well, which is why we would like to put forth this motion. Our objective is to alleviate some of the financial burdens for local chapters, which would allow chapters to send at least one delegate to these important national conferences by nationally waiving the registration cost and fees for each chapter president (or their appointed delegate).
Proposed By: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
I move that the motion (resolution #2) be amended to the following statement:
On behalf of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) from the Nebraska Chapter, I move that our organization waive, or reduce, future registration fees
and costsfor the two standing national AIAS events; such asGrassroots and Forum, for sitting chapter presidents, or their appointed delegate, upon request if their respective chapter cannot reasonably afford to send their delegation to said conferences. to promote larger participation in our Council of President quorum.
EXPLANATION: We believe that this issue can be resolved by addressing the matter equitably as opposed to a broad solution as some chapters have access to greater resources than others. The amendment above hopes to achieve that by changing the scope of our motion to apply to chapters in need of registration fee waivers or subsidies rather than a general solution to our conferences.
Proposed By: The 2017-2018 AIAS Board of Directors
The 2017-2018 AIAS Board of Directors voted at their fall meeting to move to amend to the bylaws in regard to Chapters in Good Standing, based on a recommendation from the Governance Committee.
Amend Bylaw 2.221 to read
2.221 Full Member Chapters. Each full member chapter (which may hereinafter be referred to as “Member Chapter”, “Chapter in Good Standing”, or simply “Chapter”) as an organization shall be a member of the AIAS, if in compliance with the requirements prescribed in bylaw 2.235.
Amend Bylaw 2.23 Authority and Duties of Chapters to include
2.235 Good Standing. Each full member chapter shall meet the following criteria:
2.2351 A Full Member Chapter shall be comprised of more than ten individual members (one of which is the chapter president) enrolled in a university, junior college, technical school, or other postsecondary institution with an interest in architecture and related disciplines.
2.2352 A Full Member Chapter shall be current in payment of chapter dues.
2.2353 A Full Member Chapter shall be in compliance of all other obligations to the AIAS, and be in compliance with these Bylaws.
Remove Bylaw 2.244 Good Standing
2.244 Good Standing. To be considered a chapter in good standing, a chapter must be current in payment of chapter dues
EXPLANATION: Based on a recommendation from the Governance Committee, the amendment, which is composed of three parts, consolidates the requirements for a chapter in good standing into a single list. It removes incomplete listings of the requirements from Bylaws 2.221 and 2.244, to create a single list in Bylaw 2.235. The current Bylaws can be found on our website.
Monday, Dec. 11
- Deadline to submit an amendment to a resolution
DEC. 30TH & JAN. 1ST (FORUM Council of Presidents’ Meeting)
- Voting on resolutions and amendments
- Town Hall
To submit an amendment, please draft up a proposal as a “motion” using Robert’s Rules of Order, provide background or rationale up to one paragraph in length, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the deadlines above. Questions or concerns about a proposal can also be submitted to the same address.