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Going to Convention? Meet Up with AIA Advocacy

By Amanda Stratton, Manager, Grassroots & Advocacy Outreach

From June 26 to 28, thousands of AIA members will be descending on Chicago, IL for the 2014 AIA Convention. How will you make a difference for your community while you are there? By attending one of the AIA Advocacy events!

AIA Advocacy will be hosting a variety of events throughout the convention – from the ArchiPAC reception to the Project Delivery Trends, we have a program to fit the advocacy needs of every member! You will even have the opportunity to make your voice heard by signing up for the Advocacy Network.

You can see the full list of programs our team is working on below.

When you get to Chicago, make sure you stay up to date with conference happenings by connecting with AIA Advocacy on social media! We want you to participate with you thoughts, reactions, and photos. Post on the AIA Advocacy Facebook page and upload your convention photos to the AIA Advocacy Flickr group. Follow the latest conference updates related to Advocacy through the AIA Advocacy Twitter and add your own thoughts by tweeting with #aia2014. Don’t hesitate to use these channels to contact us with questions!

Register for Convention to make sure you don’t miss out!



Advocacy Network Kiosk & ArchiPAC Lounge

When: Throughout Convention (see times below)
Where: Various Locations

Throughout Convention, you can become a champion for your profession by joining the Advocacy Network. As a network member, you can champion issues, lobby Congress, attend campaign events, raise dollars for ArchiPAC, and elevate architecture in font of those who make policy decisions.

Kiosk & Lounge Hours


    7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Advocacy Kiosk Open


    6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Advocacy Kiosk Open

    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. ArchiPAC Lounge Open (Booth 306 at Expo)


    6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Advocacy Kiosk Open

    10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ArchiPAC Lounge Open (Booth 306 at Expo)

    2 p.m. Advocacy Networking Party at ArchiPAC Lounge (Booth 306 at Expo)

    Get an update on what AIA issues AIA is working on in Washington and how the approaching elections are shaping up, meet members of the AIA’s advocacy team, and learn about the Advocacy Network, including ArchiPAC, fits into the AIA’s strategy.


    6:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Advocacy Kiosk open

    10 a.m. – 2 p.m. ArchiPAC Lounge Open (Booth 306 at Expo)

When Change Means Going International

When: Wednesday, June 25 @ 8:30 am
Where: McCormick Place

This workshop will have feature two basic components on international practice. The three-hour morning workshop will focus on how in general international work varies from domestic work and four and a half hours of afternoon breakout sessions. In the afternoon, the speakers will lead a series of four 60-minute breakout sessions focusing on eight countries/regions, of which participants will select four to attend: China, Middle East, India, Brazil, Mexico, Africa, Canada, and Europe. Earn 7.5 LU.

Architects in Advocacy and Public Service Reception

When: Wednesday, June 25 @ 7:00 pm
Where: River Roast Social House

This networking reception is jointly hosted by AIA Government & Community Relations, Architecture for Humanity, and Public Architecture in recognition of architects who represent the profession by serving the public good. Thanks to partnerships between these organizations, AIA members have more opportunities than ever to become civically engaged and make a difference in their communities. Any convention attendee with an interest in public service, grassroots activism, codes advocacy, or disaster assistance is encouraged to attend.

ArchiPAC Donor Reception

When: Thursday, June 26 @8:30 pm
Where: The Crowne at Tribune Tower

Come experience Chicago from the Crown of the Tribune Tower with drinks and lite faire. In recognition of ArchiPAC’s 1515 membership recruitment campaign at convention, tickets to this event are $15 each. Please register and make your donation online at by June 18.

OBO 101

When: Friday, June 27 @ 10:00 am
Where: McCormick Place

The State Department's Bureau of Overseas Building Operations (OBO) will be hosting an "OBO 101" presentation that outlines their mission, portfolio, and opportunities for firms to do business with OBO. The OBO directs the worldwide overseas building program for the Department of State and the U.S. Government community serving abroad under the authority of the chiefs of mission. In concert with other State Department bureaus, foreign affairs agencies, and Congress, OBO sets worldwide priorities for the design, construction, acquisition, maintenance, use, and sale of real properties and the use of sales proceeds.

State and Local Government Relations “Meet and Greet”

When: Friday, June 27 @ 12:00 pm
Where: Social Lounge, AIA Town Hall

Swing by the AIA Town Hall’s Social Lounge on Friday June 27 from 12-1pm to meet with the State and Local Government Relations team. Director of State & Local Relations, Yvonne Castillo and Manager of State & Local Relations, Bryan Soukup will be available to answer questions and discuss your state’s policy issues.

Project Delivery Trends: How State Legislatures Everywhere Are Shaping Your Future

When: Saturday, June 28, 2014 @ 8:30 am
Where: McCormick Place

This presentation will detail “The Sharing Economy” trend and its impact on emerging project delivery methods. The Sharing Economy is an outcrop of the Great Recession which has prompted many state and local jurisdictions to explore ways to formally engage the private sector finance world in public facilities construction. Join us to learn how state legislatures are institutionalizing and re-defining your role in project delivery and discover positive ways to influence these outcomes. Earn 1.5 Learning Units.

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