DFA: Call for leadership applications

When:  Jun 16, 2023 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Design for Aging

2024 Call for Applications to join the DFA 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 projects that advance the profession and the collective work of the AIA.

As an AIA knowledge community, the mission of Design for Aging (DFA) is to foster design innovation and disseminate knowledge in the pursuit of two primary objectives: to enhance the built environment and to improve the quality of life for an aging society. 

We are currently seeking statements of qualifications from individuals who are interested in serving on the Leadership Group (LG). We have at least two (2) open positions that would begin in January 2024 and end December 2028.


Characteristics of successful candidates

Members should have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the profession’s knowledge of DFA. 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.  Participation in the DFA leadership is an excellent opportunity to grow networks within the AIA, as the DFA participates with other knowledge committees on monthly calls that support collaboration among the knowledge committees.


Specific expectations

  • 1 hr/month: Participate in monthly conference call
  • 2-10 hours/month (varies): Champion one of the primary initiatives and programs, including but not limited to the Design for Aging Review Awards program, Communications, Outreach, and Research.
  • Conferences:
    • Priority: Attend annual three-day AIA Knowledge Leadership Assembly, usually in August. Partially reimbursed. May be virtual or in person.
      • What is this? KLA provides an opportunity for knowledge community leaders, the Board Knowledge Committee, and AIA staff to network, share knowledge and best practices, and build coalitions. This is the most critical meeting to attend.
    • Preferred: Attend, if possible, our partner conference, Environments for Aging in the spring.


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. DFA 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.

Please submit the above information via the following link. Applications are due by June 16 at 5pm ET

Questions? Contact Isabella Rosse at isabellarosse@aia.org.