About the Public Architects

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.

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Public Architects Workshop

AIA Public Architects Workshops

These pre-convention workshops explores the roles and responsibilities of architects who are involved in the design of public buildings, as well as some of the latest ideas in public architecture.

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The Cornerstone

The Cornerstone

The Cornerstone is the AIA Public Architect's electronic newsletter. The goal of this publication is to provide information that helps our members better understand upcoming events and their content and offer access to related organizations and articles on pertinent topics. Through the newsletter, we aim to let you, our members, know what is happening in the community as well as offer you a platform for sharing your expertise with the community.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Discover events, conferences, continuing education webinars and more from the AIA PA Event Calendar. Local components are invited to send upcoming events for local Public Architect committees to PA@aia.org. 

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Collaborative Achievement Awards

Institute Honors Awards
Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement are given by the American Institute of Architects to recognize and encourage distinguished achievements of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others who have had a beneficial influence on or advanced the architectural profession.

Thomas Jefferson Award
The American Institute of Architects established the Thomas Jefferson Awards for Public Architecture to recognize achievements in the following three categories: 
Private-sector architects who have established a portfolio of accomplishment in the design of architecturally distinguished public facilities

Public-sector architects who manage or produce quality design within their agencies

Public officials or other individuals who by their role of advocacy have furthered the public's awareness and/or appreciation of design excellence.

For a listing of all Institute Awards visit the AIA Awards web page.


The Roadmap to Sustainable Government Buildings
The Roadmap to Sustainable Government Buildings was created through the joint efforts of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the National Association of State Facilities Administrators (NASFA). It is a collection of information created by experts from various states across the country that are currently implementing green building programs based on LEED. Also see Leonardo Academy Sustainability Reports.

Public Architecture Online Resources and Databases
Looking for great examples of public architecture? Check out this resource. Interested in contributing? Please contact

Make the Smart Moves First: Creating a Foundation for Sustainability in Campus Master Planning
Interested in sustainable tactics to boost your bottom line?
Order a recording of the July 28, 2009 Web seminar that defined the essential components of sustainable master planning for office, military, or other governmental campus projects. This session explored how to optimize primary energy, water, and transportation systems for the highest performance and how to achieve LEED certification at the lowest cost.

Facility Performance Evaluation (FPE) Guidance Document for Public Facilities

This guidance document was written in partnership with NASFA (National Association of State Facilities Administrators) and the AIA (American Institute of Architects) with contributions from the USGBC (US Green Building Council). There are several NASFA member states currently engaged in performing Facility Performance Evaluations (FPE) of their facilities. Download Guidance Document

Ohio Qualified Based Selection Manual
A guide to selecting the highest qualified architecture/engineering firm. The most important element of any construction project is its design. The quality of design is the single most important factor in determining a project’s “life-cycle cost” — the initial cost of construction plus the long-term cost for operation and maintenance. Download Guide
Ohio Qualifications-Based Selection Facilitator
As the name implies, Qualifications-Based Selection, or QBS, is a process in which the project owner evaluates and ranks interested design professionals on the basis of their qualifications and experience. Download Guide


Architecture Knowledge Review Podcasts
Architecture Knowledge Review is a
podcast series for design professionals, featuring interviews, discussions, and best practices by architects and other design professionals who are at the forefront of the profession. Subscribe to the series on iTunes. Some featured podcasts are:

The Federal Government Wants You Practicing Overseas
Senior International Trade Specialist Mark Wells describes U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service programs proven to match American architects with foreign clients, provide customized market research, and intervene when problems arise, such as overseas clients that withhold payment.

Managing Cash Flow in a Tight Economic Market
Cash-flow complications are the leading cause of firms faltering in an economic downturn. Here, from PSMJ Resources Founder and President Frank Stasiowski, FAIA, are the key elements every principal must understand to maintain the firm’s strength and position it for the coming recovery. MP3

An Interview with David H. Hart, AIA, on Public Owners Working with Government
David H. Hart, AIA, executive director, Capitol Preservation Board of the Utah State Capitol Complex, discusses working with government agencies and public owners. He answers questions related to improving infrastructure, enforcing building codes, and how leaders can use green certification systems to increase environmental accountability. WMA


2016 Convention Call for Submissions now Open

AIA Convention is one of the largest annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the U.S., featuring hundreds of speakers and education sessions on practice strategies and opportunities, emerging trends, and topics that inspire and educate.

If you’re an articulate subject matter expert with a great concept for an education session, we invite you to submit your proposal by August 15, 2015.

Allied Organizations

Society of American Military Engineers
The mission of the Architectural Practice Committee is to promote architectural practice within SAME, broaden the organization’s exposure in the architectural community, and recruit more architects, along with expanding networking and mentoring opportunities.  Read newsletter | Learn more about APC at http://www.same.org/apc.


Latest Discussions

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    APT DC: Repairing the Washington Monument

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    Do you live in the DMV? Were you unable to attend the recent Lunchtime Learning presentation at the AIA|DC District Architecture Center on preserving the Washington Monument post-August 2011 earthquake?...

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    RE: AIA DC Chapter

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    Deepika, I sent you the contact information via private message. Hope it is helpful.

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    RE: AIA DC Chapter

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    Glad to discuss this with you - and some of the questions we are asking our diverse panel. It is important to show both emerging architects and the seasoned professional the benefits for working within...

Latest Resources

Latest Blogs

  • Arlen M. Solochek FAIA

    Definition of non-traditional architectural practice

    Public Architects Committee

    We are going to create a summer internship for an architecture student in order to expose them to non-traditional practice and hopefully plant a seed and grow the talent pool particularly for women... more

    1 person recommends this.
  • Lane J. Beougher AIA

    2013 Call for Volunteers

    Public Architects Committee

    The AIA Public Architects Knowledge Community (PAKC) is soliciting applications for nominees for appointment to the Advisory Group of the PAKC. The Advisory Group is responsible for the leadership... more

    3 people recommend this.
  • Lane J. Beougher AIA

    Available for Public Comment: Updated Drafts of AIA BIM and Related Digital Practice Documents

    Public Architects Committee

    Dear Public Architects: The AIA is soliciting feedback on our BIM and related Digital Practice documents currently undergoing revision. For a limited time, the draft documents will be available... more