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2016 Grassroots, February 23-25



The AIA’s 42nd annual Grassroots Leadership Conference, February 23-25, 2016

The AIA Grassroots 2016 Leadership Conference is the premier annual gathering for leaders of the American Institute of Architects. It is an essential Professional Development resource for those who want to become better civic and chapter leaders.

Share your vision and voice–and make a difference–at the premier gathering of AIA leaders at the Grassroots 2016 Leadership Conference at in Detroit, where a new revitalization movement has swept the city.

The conference takes place at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. The conference officially begins on Wednesday, February 24 and ends on Thursday, February 25 by 4:00 p.m. If you arrive early, please join us for a Welcome Reception on Tuesday from 5:00–7:00 p.m. in the hotel.

This year’s conference will be a one-of-a kind experience for YOU. Participants will come away with:

    • Free registration for up to 3 members of staffed components and 2 members of unstaffed component.

    • Creative ideas and thoughts on how to meet some of the challenging economic, social and cultural issues facing cities.

    • Knowledge, resources and tools that you can implement in your component, firm and local government.

    • Essential leadership skills that can help you in your leadership position.

    • Contacts and lasting friends who you can continue to share and exchange information and best practices.

    • An understanding of your role in transforming the organization into one that is valued by the public through networking, peer to peer dialogue and programs.

    • Inspiration and motivation that will empower you to move forward.

Please view the pertinent information on this page before making your travel arrangements.


View the Schedule-at-a-Glance

Hotel Reservations - Deadline: January 22nd

The Grassroots Conference is being held at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, in the heart of downtown Detroit.  To make reservations at the conference rate of $189, visit this link or call 877-901-6632 and tell the
agent that you are reserving for the AIA Grassroots conference.

Note: The block may sell out before cut-off, so please make your reservations as soon as possible.

Airport Information

The AIA is pleased to offer discounted airline and car rentals for travel to and within Detroit.

You can book directly with the carriers below, or use your own agent. Another option is to use the AIA’s official travel agency, Ovation Corporate Travel, by calling (800) 925-4055 (or 516-624-0308 for international callers) on Monday-Friday from 9am to 8pm Eastern.

Detroit, MI, is served by three airports and a train station.


Detroit Metro Airport is the closest by far, and can be reached by car, taxi or public transportation.

All courtesy shuttles to local hotels, rental car agencies, on and off-airport parking, as well as all commercial shuttle services, pick-up and drop-off at each terminal’s Ground Transportation Center. To access these shuttles upon arrival in Detroit, once you have claimed any checked luggage, follow terminal signs to Ground Transportation.

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

Amtrak Discount Code


Amtrak offers a 10% discount off the lowest available rail fare to Detroit between February xx and XX, 2016. To book your reservation call Amtrak at 1 (800) 872-7245 or contact your local travel agent. Please refer to Convention Fare Code X62Z-939 when making your reservation. Travel using the Convention fare code cannot be booked via the Amtrak website. This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela service. Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges. Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional all departures seven days a week.

AIA Travel Agency

Ovation Corporate Travel: 1-800-925-4055

Airfare Discount Codes

Delta Air Lines

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 NMLPU 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. There is a direct ticketing fee for booking through this reservation number.

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 ZVPT803497 in the Offer Code box.

Or Call your travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122 for reservations.

Refer to Z Code ZVPT and Agreement Code 803497

Outside of the United States, please call your local United Airlines Reservation Office.

AIA Travel Agency

Ovation Corporate Travel: 1-800-925-4055

Thanks to our incredible sponsors!

Additional Information to Come

Keynote Speakers
Component Registration by State
Component Peer Groups, and more.

Please visit this web page for continuous updates.

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

Access the handouts, presentations, and awards information from the 2015 conference using the button below (login required).


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