Leadership Group

2019 Call for Nominations for CCA Leadership Group

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, Construction Contract Administration informs architects of the importance of construction phase services  through webinars, live presentations, interactive discussions, and our growing library of white papers. These programs and papers, provided by members of the CCA, cover a broad variety of CCA-related topics. They describe current best practices, investigate changing CCA roles and responsibilities, and offer opinions on controversial subjects. We encourage all members to participate by serving on a project subcommittee or by applying to serve on the national Leadership Group (LG).

The CCA Leadership is comprised of a five member Leadership Group who serve for five years, after which, leaders may move into an advisory capacity. CCA is still developing a project-based subcommittee structure. A draft leadership role and succession plan by year:

  • Year 1: You join the Leadership Group and contribute white papers/best practice tips/ speaking engagements.
  • Year 2: You lead a task force, such as planning a convention workshop.
  • Year 3: You become Chair-elect.
  • Year 4: You become Chair.
  • Year 5: You remain on the Leadership Group as advisor to the current chair.
  • Year 6: If you wish to remain involved, you leave the Leadership Group and remain as an advisor.

We are currently seeking statements of qualifications from individuals who are interested in serving on the Leadership Group (LG). We currently have one open position that would begin in January 2019 and end December 2023.


Characteristics of successful candidates:

Members should have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the profession’s knowledge of CCA, and have demonstrated that commitment through leadership of a committee or task force, or through other roles.

The composition in any given time frame 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 needed to establish and execute strategic initiatives on behalf of the KC and its membership.


Specific expectations:

  • Participate in monthly one-hour phone calls.
  • Lead one project each year. This could include monthly calls and time spent working on programs.
  • Attend annual spring AIA Convention. Travel not reimbursed. (optional)
  • Attend annual two-day AIA Knowledge Leadership Assembly in July. Travel stipend provided.
    • Note: The KLA provides an opportunity for Knowledge Community Leaders, Board Knowledge Committee, and AIA Staff to network, share knowledge and best practices, and build coalitions. 


Qualifications statements:

  • Letter of Interest including a vision of what would you like to accomplish during your appointment
  • Resume with:
    • Professional accomplishments including contribution to, and attendance at KC events, subcommittee work, etc.
    • Skills include curriculum vitae outlining design experience, awards, publications, speaking events, knowledge sharing; what are the particular skills that you would bring to the committee that complement the existing leadership?
  • Letter of Commitment from a leader in your firm that demonstrates your firm’s commitment to supporting your involvement.

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


When the nomination period opens, please submit the above information via the online form by 5pm ET on October 19, 2018.


Questions? Contact Emma Tucker at emmatucker@aia.org.

CCA leaders get their picture taken at A'18. Credit: Oscar + Associates
A few CCA leaders get their picture taken at A'18. Left to right: Chas Schreckenberger, FAIA, 2014 CCA chair; Emma Tucker, staff; Yu-Ngok Lo, AIA, 2018 CCA chair; Michael Plottel, FAIA, 2017 CCA chair. Credit: Oscar + Associates

2018 CCA Leadership Group

The CCA Leadership Group is comprised of recognized experts in this arena, bringing skills as architects, lawyers, and constructors. They are prepared to provide support and information to the profession, based upon a broad range of experience from across the country. During the course of the year there will be regular forums and informational postings on this site.


Yu-Ngok Lo, AIA 
YNL Architects | Culver City, CA 


Eric O. Pempus, Esq., FAIA 
Kent State University | Rocky River, OH 

Shelby Morris, AIA
The Beck Group | Atlanta

Michael Plottel, FAIA
New York City Department of Design and Construction | New York, NY

Nicole Martineau, AIA
Arrowstreet Inc. | Cambridge, MA

Edward Lehman, AIA
Nova Consulting Group, Inc. | Marietta, GA

Founding Leaders and Advisors

Jane Cameron, FAIA
Perkins + Will Chicago

Chas Schreckenberger, FAIA
Braun & Steidl Architects Inc.

Burton L. Roslyn, FAIA
Roslyn Consultants, LLC

William J. Schmalz, FAIA
Perkins + Will

Jim Rains, FAIA
Rains Studio