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2015 Grassroots, March 4-6



The AIA’s 41st annual Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference, March 4-6, 2015

Guided by a vision for the future of the profession, the conference provides AIA leaders with tools to influence and pursue action that will strengthen their components, firms, communities and society at large. There are opportunities for creative dialogue through general sessions, workshops, networking and peer to peer connections. Leaders exchange information and ideas, provide input on AIA initiatives and advocate the AIA’s federal agenda to members of Congress, working collectively toward a better future for architects. The agenda emphasizes component leadership and includes a dynamic legislative conference and workshops designed to help component officers and aspiring leaders become effective chapter and civic leaders.

This exclusive event, for AIA leaders only, gives volunteers the opportunity to gain information and knowledge through workshops designed to help participants in their leadership and advocacy roles.

Keynote Speaker & Schedule

Keynote Speaker

Stay tuned as we prepare to announce this year's Grassroots Leadership Conference key note speaker.

This year's Grassroots conference promises great things -check out the full schedule and the descriptions on this year's workshops.


Registration is Closed. Please register onsite.

A list of registrants by state will be made available here starting in February. These lists are for component planning purposes only and will not include people who register on-site.

Advocacy @ Grassroots

In a few short weeks, AIA members from across the country will descend on Washington for the 2015 Grassroots Leadership & Legislative Conference. What do you need to prepare? We’ve got you covered.

The visits to Capitol Hill will take place on Thursday, March 5. Local and state components are in charge of scheduling meetings with legislators on behalf of the members attending the conference. However, if you are attending from an unstaffed component, you are responsible for scheduling the appropriate meetings yourself. A sample scheduling request is available for component and member use here.

Remember that these meetings can be with the legislator and/or their staff, and the scheduling process takes persistence. Offices receive many scheduling requests per day, so follow up on your request with the scheduler will be necessary. As each meeting is scheduled, please enter the meeting information in our online portal. NOTE: please contact Amanda Stratton directly with changes to meetings already entered in the portal.

During the meetings on the Hill, AIA members will be asking the following of legislators:

    1. Protect and enhance the federal historic tax credit (HTC)

    2. Cosponsor the Safe Building Code Incentive Act, which encourages states to voluntarily adopt and enforce nationally recognized model building codes for residential and commercial structures in order to qualify for additional post-disaster FEMA grants.

    3. Cosponsor the National Design Services Act, which extends to architecture graduates student debt relief in exchange for work in underserved communities.

Advocacy staff conducted Grassroots briefings to go over the federal agenda in detail during the week of February 2 to prepare attendees for their Hill meetings. Missed the briefings? A recording of one of the sessions will be available shortly.

The official issue briefs and talking points will be available shortly. They will be emailed out to attendees and posted on this page. Please do not wait until the issue briefs and talking points are available to start scheduling your meetings. The three points listed above will be sufficient in letting Hill staff know what will be discussed.

For any questions regarding the Hill visits & scheduling, please contact Amanda Stratton at

Component Registration by State

A list of registrants by state. These lists are for component planning purposes only and will not include people who register on-site.

Travel Stipend - Deadline: January 23

A travel stipend was created to provide monetary assistance to component leaders and component executives who would not be able to attend Grassroots without some financial support. The AIA believes that the investment to support our leaders is a crucial part of its mission. Due to budgetary constraints, assistance will not be afforded to all components but every effort will be made to help as many components as possible. First priority will be given to components that haven’t been able to send any of their leaders to Grassroots for the past three years. Consideration will NOT be given to components that have received stipends in the past three years.

Hotel Reservations - Deadline: February 1

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill – Deadline Friday, February 1

The hotel reservation deadline is now closed.

Airport and SuperShuttle Information

Washington, DC, is served by three airports and a train station.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is the closest by far, and can be reached by Metro, or is approximately $25 by cab.

Dulles Airport (in Virginia) is about 45 minutes to an hour by cab, and it can cost $50-75.

Baltimore-Washington International is about 45 minutes to an hour by cab, and it can cost $100.
BWI is also served by Amtrak and MARC (Maryland commuter rail).

AIA offers airfare discounts on American and United Airlines (see below).

Make your reservation online and use discount code MKSVY to save 10% off your round trip reservation made and paid online.
Please note: This discount is only available for reservations made online. Fuel surcharge and driver gratuity are not included.

AIA Travel Agency
Ovation Corporate Travel: 1-800-925-4055

Amtrak Discount Code

Amtrak offers a 10% discount off the best available rail fare to Washington, D.C.

To book your discounted fare, call Amtrak at 800-872-7245 and refer to convention fare code X72T-911, or make your reservation through Ovation Corporate Travel at 800-925-4055. This discount is not available through the Amtrak website.

This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela Service. Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional for all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts. Offer valid with sleepers, business class, or first class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges.

AIA Travel Agency
Ovation Corporate Travel: 1-800-925-4055

Airfare Discount Codes

Delta Airlines
Reservations and ticketing are available via or through Ovation Travel or your agent. When booking at, select Book A Trip, click on Advanced Search and enter the meeting code NMHC8 in the box provided on the Search Flights page. Reservations may also be made by calling Delta Meeting reservations at 800-328-1111 Mon-Fri 7am-7pm CDT.
*Please note that there is a direct ticketing fee for booking through the reservation number above.

United Airlines
United Airlines is pleased to offer discounts of 2% to 10% off published fares.  Save an additional 3% off by booking your own reservations at  Choose your flight times, and access your meeting discounts by inserting ZTQT964557 in the Offer Code box, or call your travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122 for reservations. Refer to Z Code ZTQT and Agreement Code: 964557
Outside of the United States, please call your local United Airlines Reservation Office.

AIA Travel Agency
Ovation Corporate Travel: 1-800-925-4055

Restaurant List & Component Peer Groups

For your convenience, a list of restaurants accessible to the conference hotel is available.

Component Peer Groups
In the 1980’s, component peer groups were created to provide component leaders with a venue in which they could discuss issues and share ideas with other component leaders.

Originally, components of the same size that shared comparable budgets, membership numbers, and staff size were grouped together. However, as a result of last year’s evaluations, new groupings were created to better suit the deeper commonalities of components and create more meaningful conversations. Download the new Peer Group list.

Thanks to our incredible sponsors!

Contact Us

Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the conference or making your travel arrangements.

Component Collaborations and Resources Dept.
Telephone: 202-626-7351

AIA Travel Agency
Ovation Corporate Travel: 1-800-925-4055

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