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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. Join us!

Call for Nominations for RUDC Leadership Group

By Brian D. McLaren AIA, CAE posted 07-31-2018 00:00


Information and Expectations

The AIA Knowledge Communities are volunteer member-led special interest groups of the AIA national organization. They help members connect with others who share the same passions and commitment, with the goal of advancing the profession and the collective work of the AIA. Traditionally each group is led by five leaders and supported by project-based committees along with AIA staff support.

As an AIA Knowledge Community, Regional and Urban Design Committee is a group of architects and allied professionals that focus on the quality and design of regional and urban systems. Our members practice architecture, urban design or planning in private practice, higher education or in government. The RUDC is exploring the future of cities and urbanized areas with a special emphasis on economic, social and environmental sustainability. We see cities and regions as a set of interlocking and overlapping systems that include water, air, transportation, recreation and production. We work in close collaboration with the Committee of the Environment COTE) and Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Communities. We work with TAP revolves around data, smart data processing, smart cities and system management. We see ourselves as a conduit to local Regional and Urban design Committees on the component level. We encourage all members to participate by serving on a project subcommittee or by applying to serve on the national Leadership Group (LG).

The RUDC Leadership is comprised of at least five members who serve for five years, after which they may choose to move into an advisory capacity. We are currently seeking statements of qualifications from individuals who are interested in serving on the Leadership Group (LG). We currently have three open positions that would begin in January 2019 and end December 2023.

The RUDC works to fulfill our mission and deliver meaningful content to its 7,000 members in several areas:

  • Communicate: Distribute R&UD information through AIA communications including dedicated emails, discussion forums, and AIA Architect.
  • Educate: Provide R&UD content and subject matter experts to local and national conferences
  • Connect: Provide a central resource for local R&UD committees


Please submit the following qualifications statements:

  • Letter of Interest including a vision (of what would you like to accomplish during your appointment as an LG member).
  • Resume including:
    • Professional Accomplishments (include contribution to, and attendance at AIA, chapter committee work, urban design awards, etc.).
    • Skills (include curriculum vitae outlining learning environment design, awards, publications, speaking events, knowledge sharing; what are the particular skills that you would bring to the committee that complement the existing LG).
  • Letter of Commitment (include a statement of commitment from a leader in your firm that demonstrates your firm’s commitment to supporting your involvement as an LG member).

Expectations of volunteers

Duties and Expectations:

  • Assist in re-building the RUDC by planning web content, newsletter content, webinars and potentially regional conferences
  • Present knowledge at associated organizational events, typically one to two times a year. Travel for these events may or may not be reimbursed.
  • Participate in monthly coordination conference calls and general administrative functions of the RUDC.
  • Attend the annual Knowledge Leadership Assembly. Travel will be partially reimbursed. The KLA provides an opportunity for Knowledge Community Leaders, Board Knowledge Community Representatives, and AIA Staff to network, share knowledge and best practices, and build coalitions over the course of three days.
  • Assist in the AIA urban design awards jury as requested

The American Institute of Architects actively promotes a diverse profession, including race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation. The RUDC strives to be an inclusive Knowledge Community representing diversity of thought, geographic diversity, both traditional and non-traditional practice and as well as providing opportunities for seasoned professionals, associate members and young architects.


Please submit the above information via the online form by 5pm ET on October 19, 2018. - Submissions for this year are now closed


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