Grassroots 2019

March 6 – 8, 2019
6:00 am -11:45 pm EDT
Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel
999 9th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001


Grassroots 2019 is AIA’s annual leadership and legislative event for elected chapter leaders and chapter staff. This year’s agenda emphasizes chapter and community leadership with workshops designed to help elected chapter officers become more effective chapter and civic leaders. Attendees share information, ideas, and best practices with their counterparts from around the country and are given the opportunity to provide input on AIA initiatives. There are also many networking opportunities with peers and AIA national staff.

This year’s theme is “People. Purpose. Partnerships.” We’ll feature content that highlights the voice of the profession, the value of architects in society, and the connections and collaborations necessary to improve the quality of the built environment for all people.


Please bookmark this webpage and check back periodically for schedule updates.

Tuesday, March 5

2–5pm  Institute Open House

(Available for attendees arriving early)

Join us to learn more about AIA national operations and AIA headquarters. Meet with AIA staff, attend a Capitol Hill Day prep meeting, join a building tour, visit The Octagon and more. Don’t forget to stop by the AIA Store to purchase books and creative gifts to take home to the family!

Wednesday, March 6, AIA Capitol Hill Day

7:15am  Buses depart

Transportation will be provided from the Renaissance Hotel to the Capitol Visitors Center.

8–10am Congressional breakfast  

Participants will hear from AIA leadership and the federal relations team and be briefed on AIA issues for congressional meetings. Participants will also receive Hill Day packets to be distributed during congressional meetings. Please reference the “Materials” section below for more information.

10am–noon Late-arrival packet pickup

For those traveling later in the morning, packets may be picked up during this period. Location will be shared prior to the event.

10am–4pm Visits with US Senators and Members of Congress

The AIA federal relations team is responsible for scheduling all visits with federal elected officials on behalf of chapters. Component Executives and volunteer leaders are asked to refrain from scheduling meetings with elected federal officials. Components will begin receiving schedules for their meetings in February. Please reference the “Materials” section below for more information.

Please note: Lunch is on your own

4pm Depart Capitol Hill for the Renaissance Hotel

Attendees are responsible for arranging their own transportation.

TBD   Buses depart

Transportation will be provided from the Renaissance Hotel to the Library of Congress for the evening reception.

TBD AIA Congressional Reception at the Library of Congress

This is an opportunity to socially interact with your elected officials or their staff outside the confines of their Hill office. All members of Congress and their staff will be invited by the AIA federal relations team.

Thursday, March 7

7–8am Grassroots welcome breakfast

8:15-10am Opening Plenary Session

Candidates for AIA national office

Mayor’s Panel: “What do cities need from architects?”

10-10:15am Break

10:15-11:15am Plenary Panel: People with Purpose

Hear from three different panelists whose compelling sense of purpose has made a difference in the world.

11:30am-12:45pm Lunch

Featuring “My AIA Stories,” Awards and Component Anniversary recognition

1–2:30 pm  LEAD (Leadership Exploration and Development) Sessions

View list and info for Grassroots sessions >

1–4 pm Deep Dive Workshops

View list and info for Grassroots workshops >

2:30–4pm LEAD (Leadership Exploration and Development) Sessions

View list and info for Grassroots sessions >

Evening Regional Dinners/Meetings

Friday, March 8

7–8am Plenary breakfast

7–10am Deep Dive Workshop

View list and info for Grassroots workshops >

8:15–9:45am  LEAD (Leadership Exploration and Development) Sessions

View list and info for Grassroots sessions >

10:15-11:15am A Conversation with AIA Leadership

11:30am-1:30pm  Lunch & Closing General Session

Featuring “My AIA Story” and keynote address by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Presidential Historian and Author

 (A book signing will immediately follow)

1:30pm Wrap-up


We have made it easier than ever for you to attend. Use your chapter’s unique promo code to receive up to three free* registrations. View chapter promo codes >

*Free registrations are available for one (1) chapter executive, two (2) elected leaders and one (1) section leader.

Register >

How to register:

  • Sign in using your AIA account (if you don't have an account, you'll be prompted to create one). Need     assistance with your login? Contact Information Central at (800) 242 3837.
  • Select your registration category (Component President, Component President-elect, etc.)
  • Check the box with the applicable event fee
  • Select “Add to Cart”
  • Select the sessions you plan to attend and complete all registration steps
  • On the “Shopping Cart” page, add the discount code in the discount box and click “Apply”
  • Complete checkout

Questions? Contact us at  Need assistance resetting your password? Contact (800) 242 3837.

Deadlines and cancellation policy

Registration must be completed by February 15, 2019; after this date registration must be completed onsite. Registrations received by February 15, 2019, will appear on the advance attendee roster. Those registered after this date will appear on the final attendee roster sent after the event.

We ask that you cancel any registrations in writing by February 22, 2019.

Book your hotel

Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel 999 9th Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 A group rate has been secured for Grassroots 2019 attendees. The rate is $319 plus tax and is available March 3-8, 2018 upon availability. Online and phone reservations are now being accepted.

A dedicated booking website has been created for you to make, modify, and cancel your hotel reservations. Book your hotel > Or, you may call to book your reservation: (202) 898 9000

Book your travel

AIA is pleased to offer discounted airline and car rentals for travel to Washington, DC for Grassroots 2019.

You can book directly with the carriers below or use your own agent. You may also use AIA’s official travel agent, Ovation Corporate Travel, by calling (800) 925 4055, or (516) 624 0308 for international callers, Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm EST (booking fees apply).

Delta Air Lines

Reservations and ticketing are available through Delta, with a discount of 2 to 10 percent depending on the fare type.

When booking Delta Air Lines through Ovation Corporate Travel or your own agent, request that they use meeting code NY2L5 in the box provided on the “Search Flights” webpage. The ticket designator is NGKQK.

Reservations may also be made by calling Delta Meeting reservations at (800) 328 1111*, Monday-Friday, 7am-7pm CDT, and using the same meeting code.

*Please note that there is a fee for booking through the reservation number above.

United Airlines

United Airlines is pleased to offer discounts of 2 to 10 percent off published fares. Save an additional 3 percent off by booking your own reservations by booking at

Using the “Advanced Search” option, choose your flight times, and access your meeting discounts by inserting ZG9F234615 in the “Offer Code of the page.

Outside of the United States, please call your local United Airlines reservation office.

American Airlines

American Airlines offers 6% off applicable fares. To take advantage, book through or call 1 (800) 433 1790, using authorization code A5639EN.


Capitol Hill Day details

AIA Congressional Breakfast

Components will receive the following materials and info during breakfast:

  • A briefing from the AIA federal relations team about the two federal issues that components will be advocating on behalf of during Congressional meetings.
  • Hill Day packets that include multiple copies of issue briefings to distribute in the meetings.
  • A short training on the Hill Day app that will provide easy access to times and locations (and potential last-minute schedule changes) of Congressional meetings.

AIA Visits with Members of Congress

  • Each state component should expect to meet with their US Senators and or staff.
  • Each local component should expect to meet with one or more US Congressmen/women and/or staff whose district covers, or is near, the component’s general area of jurisdiction.
  • All state components will receive a schedule for their local component meetings with US Congressmen/women so that they may coordinate/join them if it doesn’t conflict with their US Senator meetings.

Session & workshops

View complete list of Grassroots 2019 sessions (PDF) >

View complete list of Grassroots 2019 workshops (PDF) >


Closing keynote speaker

Doris Kearns Goodwin, PhD, World-renowned Presidential Historian, Public Speaker, Pulitzer Prizewinning, and New York Times Best Selling Author

Dr. Goodwin’s seventh book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, was published in September 2018 to critical acclaim and became an instant New York Times bestseller. A culmination of Goodwin’s five-decade career of studying the American presidents focusing on Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson, the book provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field, and for all of us in our everyday lives. Goodwin’s career as a presidential historian and author was inspired when as a 24-year-old graduate student at Harvard she was selected to join the White House Fellows, one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. Dr. Goodwin worked with Johnson in the White House and later assisted him in the writing of his memoirs. She then wrote Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, which became a national bestseller and achieved critical acclaim. It will be re-released in the spring 2019, with a new foreword highlighting LBJ’s accomplishments in domestic affairs that have stood the test of time. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.

Well known for her appearances and commentary on television, Ms. Goodwin is frequently seen in documentaries and on news and cable networks, and shows.

Dr. Goodwin graduated magna cum laude from Colby College. She earned a doctorate degree in Government from Harvard University, where she taught Government, including a course on the American Presidency.


Contact Pat Harris at, or (202) 626 7377.


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