Each month, the AIAS highlights the outstanding dedication and accomplishments of one of its members. The Chapter Leader of the Month can be a Chapter President or any member who has shown tremendous leadership.



Robyn Payne is a third-year Master of Architecture student in the University of Kansas’ five-year program. Robyn currently serves as Chapter President, but has also served in other capacities in the organization.

Robyn said she hopes to be impactful through inspired initiatives and design-related solutions. “In addition to architecture, I am passionately pursuing a business education through various courses, extracurricular involvement, and the AIAS National finance committee, to best prepare for my desired future: integrating business and architecture,” said Robyn.

Midwest Quad Director Jeremy Gentile said Robyn is one of the many shining stars of the Midwest. “In my time working with her and her Chapter, I am continually encouraged by their energy, growth and excitement. This without a doubt is in large part due to Robyn’s passion, personability, and dedication,” said Jeremy.

Robyn said AIAS programs have had a profound influence on her trajectory both academically and professionally. “It was at my first FORUM that my future aspirations became clear. Since then, involvement in the organization has continued to foster the passion, drive, and dedication needed to achieve my goals.”

At FORUM this year, members of her chapter were particularly aware of Robyn’s encouragement at the event. “She is so passionate about AIAS and put everyone’s needs above her own. After coming from the Boston FORUM, I see this more than ever. She always included everyone and inspired everyone to get the most out of the AIAS FORUM,” said her chapter member Miki Blair. “She has been huge help in the beginning of this year getting everyone excited for what is to come.”

Robyn credits the success of her chapter to her “self-motivated, high-functioning and passionate team.”  

“I am humbled to be able to serve alongside my team – leading and learning,” said Robyn.