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.



Kate served as Secretary of the University of Minnesota’s AIAS chapter during her senior year. Her role gave her the opportunity to collaborate with and support the rest of the board in building membership post-COVID, conducting an Internship Compensation Audit, planning events for students to bond and de-stress, and providing members with opportunities to build skills and confidence that will help them succeed in their careers. She also served as a student representative on the AIA Saint Paul board, and joined their Mentorship Taskforce to help advance conversations and practices around professional mentorship in the architecture industry. A recent graduate of the U, Kate holds a B.S. Architecture degree, a minor in Public Interest Design, and great deal of respect and appreciation for her classmates, AIAS peers, and fellow board members.

“One of my favorite parts of AIAS was getting to coordinate students on firm tours. Not only did it give me a chance to meet new people from across years and programs, but I got to see them at their best- asking questions, sharing stories, and being incredibly passionate about their goals for the future. AIAS gave me so many opportunities to see student’s excitement about architecture, and I loved finding ways to keep encouraging people to be excited, know their worth, and pursue their passions.”

The University of Minnesota AIAS chapter spent the past year with the goal to support as many students as possible throughout the school. They continued their BIPOC scholarship fund for students of color to eliminate financial barriers to the organization, and hosted an event for pre-architecture students to help them find their feet in the school and have their own introduction to AIAS. Additionally, collaborations with UMN WIASO and NOMAS chapter leadership led to a joint calendar and scheduling that allowed for students to be part of some or all of these three organizations without time conflicts.


Kate says, “This green (Chrome Green, HC-189) captures the simultaneous vibrancy and calm of the shady trails, urban forests, and river bluffs that I love spending time during the (exceptionally rare) Minnesota summer.”


This ‘Chapter Leader of the Month’ feature is sponsored by Benjamin Moore.