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.



Collin Tanner is a recent (BSAS) graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has served on his chapter’s AIAS Board as Chapter Treasurer, and now as the 2017-2018 President. Collin is also a member of the National Finance Committee.

Collin’s goal as president was to refocus the chapter’s attention on events and find new strategies to provide valuable membership opportunities. This past semester, Collin and his team were able to coordinate many travel opportunities, including a 40 person trip to Columbus, IN in support of their faculty’s Miller Prize Awarded Project, ‘Wiikiaami’. They were also able to provide several office tours, host their annual Sandcastles Competition, participate in Park(ing) Day in collaboration with a local office, sponsor two guest lectures, and participate in an exhibit for the Chicago Architecture Biennial. With the continued success of events, the chapter has started to notice an increase in membership participation and attendance.

Midwest Quad Director Brigid Callaghan said that with the support of his Board of Directors, Collin has been able to refresh the AIAS UWM’s appeal. “Collin continues to seek out new and exciting opportunities for his chapter’s members,” said Brigid.

Collin’s hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed amongst members of his local chapter either. UWM’s AIAS Events Coordinator, Brodie Kerst, explains how Collin knew full well how much work it was going to be to revitalize the chapter. “With a new plan on having selective events that the board puts their full focus into, paired with an aggressive strategy to get the attention of freshman during welcome week, our chapter has seen the most class participation this year than it has in the past two years,” said Brodie.

Upon graduation, Collin plans to work full-time while he determines where he will relocate for my graduate studies. For his graduate studies, he plans to obtain degrees in both architecture and construction management with an emphasis in historic preservation.