2023 Call for Applications to join the Committee on the Environment Leadership Group

Starts:  Sep 9, 2022 09:00 AM (ET)
Ends:  Oct 17, 2022 05:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Committee on the Environment

We want you!

We encourage all AIA members to participate by applying to serve on the national Leadership Group (LG) or by serving on a project subcommittee.

The COTE LG is typically comprised of 11 or 12 members who serve for three years (in staggered terms).

In the fall of 2022, we are currently seeking statements of qualifications, interest, and availability from individuals seeking to serve on a leadership group at the national level for terms starting in January 2023.

We encourage applications from members who are new to volunteer leadership positions,
 and are prioritizing candidates with experience in and passion for: 

  • community and stakeholder engagement
  • climate action with a focus on social and ecological impacts and carbon literacy
  • climate justice with a focus on implementation and civic leadership
  • Materials and supply chain ethics
  • design excellence and sustainability
  • policymaking and advocacy

We currently have three open positions on the Leadership Group. LG members serve a term of three years, and those who hold the chair position serve a term of four years.

All applications will be considered. Past participation in the COTE Network, or COTE programs is not a requirement for a position in the Leadership Group but is welcome.  

Who we are looking for 

The composition of the COTE LG in any given time frame should represent or enhance the diversity of the overall AIA membership. All candidates should potentially be able to serve the group as Chair in their third year on the LG, demonstrating the experience and leadership skills to establish and execute strategic initiatives on behalf of the KC and its membership.  

Leadership Group member expectations: 

Participate in one-hour, TWICE monthly calls that provide general updates across the Leadership Group, and deep dives into relevant subjects and ongoing workstreams.  

Lead or participate in at least two working groups in any given season, volunteering at least five or more additional hours per month. These include groups that focus on initiatives such as:   

  • flagship programs (the COTE Top Ten Awards and the COTE Top Ten for Students Competition), 
  • on-going work (such as advocacy, communications, and events), 
  • issue-based work driven by key priorities (such as enriching all COTE activities with the focus on climate action and climate justice and carbon literacy); as well as
  • efforts to interact with other AIA groups and outside-of-AIA groups around key mission-aligned  

We typically meet at least once face to face and hold at least one or two virtual planning sessions; timing can vary. Expenses for travel are reimbursed.

There is an opportunity to Attend annual three-day AIA Knowledge Leadership Assembly (virtually or in person), and subject matter focused meetings of AIA groups and leaders; these are partially reimbursed. May be virtual in 2023. (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.)   

The American Institute of Architects actively promotes a diverse profession, including race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation. Interfaith Design 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 see the AIA Knowledge Communities application page for details on the qualifications and applications process.

Questions about the application process? Please contact Lisa Ferretto at LisaFerretto@aia.org.