Knowledge Communities

All Knowledge Communities

The AIA Higher Education team serves as a liaison between higher education and practice, working with college faculty, staff and students; practitioners; and collateral organizations to support excellence in education and research and prepare future architects.

The Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) improves the quality of healthcare through design by developing, documenting, and disseminating knowledge; educating healthcare architects and other related constituencies; advancing the practice of healthcare architecture; improving the design of health care environments; affiliating and advocating with others that share our vision and promoting research.

The Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) promotes and fosters the exchange of information and knowledge between members, professional organizations, and the public for high-quality planning, design, and delivery of justice architecture.

Help public officials, building owners and businesses transition Americans safely back into offices, stores, restaurants and schools during the COVID-19 pandemic by utilizing the problem-solving skills of architects and other experts who will create innovative design solutions to alter buildings for new spatial requirements.

The goal of the Building Performance Knowledge Community is to promote architects as leaders in the application of technical design for building performance; in the use of high-performance design criteria, codes, and standards; and in programming, designing and managing building performance. To advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the architecture profession, AIA members, building owners, the construction industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that create buildings that are healthy, energy efficient, and durable.

The Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) is a large and active group of architects and allied professionals concerned with the quality and design of all types of educational, cultural, and recreational facilities.

The Committee on Design (COD) was founded to promote design excellence among members of the AIA, the broader design community, and the public at large, both nationally and internationally.

The Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the profession, the building industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment.

CxD brings together architects and other professional disciplines to work alongside the residents, professionals and institutions of host communities on key local issues. Every project is community-driven and includes meaningful public participation in an intensive process to match professional expertise with public values and aspirations for a place.

CCA helps members and the larger building professions navigate issues, actions and the impact of contract decisions. It produces case studies and best practices.

The Committee of Corporate Architects and Facility Management (CAFM) facilitates the generation and exchange of knowledge valuable to AIA members working for, or within, corporations or other client organizations.

The Custom Residential Architect Network (CRAN®) Knowledge Community is a resource and voice for architects who focus on a collaborative design process with the homeowner. It provides support, advocacy, and education to the profession and the public in matters of custom residential design.

The mission of the Design for Aging Knowledge Community (DFA) is to foster design innovation and disseminate knowledge necessary to enhance the built environment and quality of life for an aging society.

The mission of the Historic Resources Committee (HRC) Knowledge Community is to identify, understand, and preserve architectural heritage, both nationally and internationally.

HCD tracks housing issues and develops relationships with industry stakeholders to encourage and promote safe, attractive, accessible, and affordable housing for all Americans.

Interfaith Design brings together professionals interested in religious facilities in a broad array of traditions, encouraging and supporting excellence in the design of worship spaces.

The Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design.

The Practice Management Knowledge Community is charged with identifying and developing information on the business of architecture for use by the profession to maintain and improve the quality of the professional and business environment.

Formerly the Design-Build Knowledge Community we have expanded our focus to also address other project delivery methods. Design-Build remains an important component of our expanded focus, but is no longer our only focus.

The Public Architects Committee promotes excellence in public architecture and enhances the role of the public architect as an essential element in the planning, design, construction, and management of public facilities.

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.

The Retail and Entertainment Knowledge Community (REC) fosters the creation, discussion, and dissemination of knowledge about the retail and entertainment environments among practitioners, clients, retailers, and the general public to advance the practice and improve the quality of retail and entertainment environments.

The Small Project Design (SPD) Knowledge Community generates, collects and disseminates knowledge and wisdom on how to profitably run a small firm and how to carry out small projects that do not fit into the model of departmental production that characterizes many larger firms.

The AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community serves as a resource for AIA members, the profession, and the public in the deployment of computer technology in the practice of architecture.