Knowledge Communities

All Knowledge Communities

Academy of Architecture for Health

The Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) improves the quality of healthcare through design by developing, documenting, and disseminating knowledge; educating healthcare architects and other related constituencies; advancing the practice of healthcare architecture; improving the design of health care environments; affiliating and advocating with others that share our vision and promoting research.

Academy of Architecture for Justice

The Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) promotes and fosters the exchange of information and knowledge between members, professional organizations, and the public for high-quality planning, design, and delivery of justice architecture.

Committee of Corporate Architects and Facility Management

The Committee of Corporate Architects and Facility Management (CAFM) facilitates the generation and exchange of knowledge valuable to AIA members working for, or within, corporations or other client organizations.

Committee on Architecture for Education

The Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) is a large and active group of architects and allied professionals concerned with the quality and design of all types of educational, cultural, and recreational facilities.

Committee on Design

The Committee on Design (COD) was founded to promote design excellence among members of the AIA, the broader design community, and the public at large, both nationally and internationally.

Committee on the Environment

The Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the profession, the building industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment.

Construction Contract Administration

The Construction Contract Administration has been established to help our members better understand the issues, actions and resultant impact of the decisions required in this often neglected part of Project Delivery. It is our goal to provide clear answers to issues of concern to the Institute’s membership and share case studies and best practices. We further hope to provide guidance and direction in developing guidelines for new and evolving approaches to Project Delivery as well as guidance in the continuing education of our emerging young professionals.

Custom Residential Architects Network

The Custom Residential Architect Network (CRAN) Knowledge Community is a resource and voice for architects who focus on a collaborative design process with the homeowner. It provides support, advocacy, and education to the profession and the public in matters of custom residential design.

Design for Aging

The mission of the Design for Aging Knowledge Community (DFA) is to foster design innovation and disseminate knowledge necessary to enhance the built environment and quality of life for an aging society.

Historic Resources Committee

The mission of the Historic Resources Committee (HRC) Knowledge Community is to identify, understand, and preserve architectural heritage, both nationally and internationally.

Housing Knowledge Community

The AIA Housing Knowledge Community tracks housing issues and develops relationships with industry stakeholders to encourage and promote safe, attractive, accessible, and affordable housing for all Americans.

Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, & Architecture

The Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) Knowledge Community encourages and supports excellence in the design of worship spaces and their accoutrements. The IFRAA Knowledge Community is an association of professionals whose primary interest is religious facilities in a broad array of traditions.

Interior Architecture Committee

The Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design.

Practice Management

The Practice Management Knowledge Community is charged with identifying and developing information on the business of architecture for use by the profession to maintain and improve the quality of the professional and business environment.

Project Delivery

Formerly the Design-Build Knowledge Community we have expanded our focus to also address other project delivery methods. Design-Build remains an important component of our expanded focus, but is no longer our only focus.

Public Architects Committee

The Public Architects Committee promotes excellence in public architecture and enhances the role of the public architect as an essential element in the planning, design, construction, and management of public facilities.

Regional and Urban Design Committee

The Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC) aims to improve the quality of the regional and urban environment by promoting excellence in design, planning, and public policy in the built environment. This will be achieved through its member and public education, in concert with allied community and professional groups.

Retail and Entertainment

The Retail and Entertainment Knowledge Community (REC) fosters the creation, discussion, and dissemination of knowledge about the retail and entertainment environments among practitioners, clients, retailers, and the general public to advance the practice and improve the quality of retail and entertainment environments.

Small Project Practitioners

The Small Project Practitioners (SPP) Knowledge Community generates, collects and disseminates knowledge and wisdom on how to profitably run a small firm and how to carry out small projects that do not fit into the model of departmental production that characterizes many larger firms.

Technical Design for Building Performance

The goal of the Technical Design for Building Performance (TDBP) Knowledge Community is to promote architects as leaders in the application of technical design for building performance; in the use of high-performance design criteria, codes, and standards; and in programming, designing and managing building performance. To advance, disseminate, and advocate – to the architecture profession, AIA members, building owners, the construction industry, the academy, and the public – design practices that create buildings that are healthy, energy efficient, and durable.

Technology in Architectural Practice

The AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community serves as a resource for AIA members, the profession, and the public in the deployment of computer technology in the practice of architecture.