CAE Leadership Group

2019 Call for Nominations for CAE Leadership Group

Information and Expectations

The AIA Knowledge Communities are volunteer member-led special interest groups of the AIA national organization.  They help members to connect with others who share the same passions and commitment—and develop a project that advances 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 partial AIA staff support.

As an AIA Knowledge Community, the Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) is a group of architects and allied professionals that focus on the quality and design of all types of educational, cultural, and recreational facilities. While a large portion of our members practice in the PreK-12 and higher education markets, we look to serve the needs of all places where education can occur, regardless of age group. The CAE identifies national educational facility issues critical to architects and end users, and works to strengthen relationships with allied organizations, client groups, and the public. On behalf of CAE, we encourage all to participate in our international discourse by serving on a project subcommittee or by applying to serve on the national Leadership Group (LG).

The CAE LG is comprised of a five members who serve for up to five years. We are currently seeking statements of qualifications from individuals who are interested in serving on the LG. We currently have one (1) open position that would begin in January 2019 and end December 2023.


Characteristics of successful candidates:

Members should have demonstrated a commitment to the KC over an extended period and should have further demonstrated that commitment through leadership of a committee, task force, or other position.

The composition in any given timeframe should represent --- or more desirably, enhance --- the diversity of the overall KC membership.

All candidates should be able to serve the KC as Chair, demonstrating the experience and leadership skills to establish and execute strategic initiatives on behalf of the KC and its membership.


Duties and Expectations:

  • Attend a 1.5 day CAE planning meeting in January.
  • Attend the spring CAE touring conference, including an international conference once in your 5 year tenure.
  • Attend the spring AIA Convention. (optional)
  • Attend a 2 day AIA Knowledge Leadership Assembly, usually held in July. (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.)
  • Attend the fall CAE conference held with an expo partner.
  • Present knowledge at associated organizational events.
  • Observe the CAE Design Awards jury in 2019, including attendance at a 1.5 day jury in Washington D.C. in March.
  • Serve as jury chair in 2020, including the in-person jury, preparation of the awards book manuscript, organization of an AIA Convention session.
    • An annual travel stipend will cover part or all of the costs of travel depending on the distance and resources available each year. All CAE member-leaders can request travel support by activity.
  • Participate in monthly coordination conference calls and general administrative functions of the CAE.
  • Serve as liaison to one subcommittee.
  • Serve as CAE Chair in 2023, including selection of allied organization jurors and volunteer management of two conferences.


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-CAE events, subcommittee work, CAE 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).

The American Institute of Architects actively promotes a diverse profession, including race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation. The CAE 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 


Questions? Contact Bruce Bland 

Letter from CAE Chair Stuart Pettitt, FAIA

To begin 2018, I have a simple message, actually a suggestion: get involved. Not just giving back to your profession, there are many great reasons to participate in the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education:

  • Learn about learning.
  • Visit inspiring places.
  • Consider the links between pedagogy and architecture.
  • Network with your diverse peers.
  • Have fun.

Every year the CAE puts on two conferences and we would love you to attend. First up, we have collaborated with A4LE Northeast Region to deliver Building Community Through Education, April 11-14, in Baltimore, MD. In the fall, we continue our partnership with EdSpaces for The Future of Educational Facilities, November 7-9, in Tampa, FL. 

There are five active subcommittees, Early Childhood, K-12, Informal Learning Environments, Higher Education, and Research. Subcommittee activities include monthly conference calls, knowledge content development, research, presentations at conferences, tour arrangements, interface with allied organizations, and other activities that advance and share knowledge.

You don't need to specialize in education architecture – I don't. Your commitment can be long-term, or as little as attending a conference or participating in a subcommittee conference call.

I encourage you to contact me directly to chat or to complete the volunteer request. I am always willing to share some thoughts about the CAE, one of the most active Knowledge Communities in the AIA!

Stuart Pettitt, FAIA, LEED AP, Straub Pettitt Yaste Architects
(248) 658 7777

2018 CAE Leadership Group

Stuart Pettitt, FAIA
Straub Pettitt Yaste Architects
Clawson, MI

Karina Ruiz, AIA
BRIC Architecture
Portland, OR

Brian Minnich, AIA
GWWO Architects
Baltimore, MD

David Van Galen, AIA
Integrus Architecture
Seattle, WA

Michael Nieminen, FAIA
Kliment Halsband Architects
New York, NY

Pam Moran
Superintendent of Schools Albemarle County Public Schools
Charlottesville, VA