AIA Leadership Summit 2023

Since February 2021, AIA has urged the Biden administration and Congress to nominate Sara C. Bronin, AIA, as chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) because of her significant contributions as a Mexican American architect, attorney, educator and policymaker specializing in historic preservation, property, land use, and climate change. In December 2022, the preservation community was thrilled to see her nomination confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

AIA offers the following congratulatory message in recognition of this tremendous honor.

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The Honorable Sara C. Bronin, Chair, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Dear Chair Bronin,

At The American Institute of Architects (AIA), the nation’s oldest professional design association, we are thrilled to congratulate you and support your official assumption of responsibilities as Chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) today.

Since AIA’s founding in 1857, our organizational mission has been to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The architectural community holds a deep respect for those who steward our historic resources across the built environment. Your wealth of knowledge, interdisciplinary experience, enduring conviction and inclusive “commitment to protecting and celebrating the rich and complex stories that make us American” are exemplary.

As a diverse attorney, policymaker, educator and AIA architect, we look forward to the leadership you will bring to the national historic preservation program. We are confident that your presence and authority will inspire a new era of preservation, enhancement, and sustainable use of our nation’s historic resources. Representation is an invaluable building block of racial, ethnic and gender equity in our organization, in our profession and our communities.

AIA is committed to preserving places and spaces which reflect the contributions, experiences and voices of everyone, as well as embracing existing buildings as climate assets that we cannot afford to waste. Thank you for prioritizing these inextricable imperatives and we look forward to working with you to advance effective historic preservation public policies and programs.


Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, EVP and Chief Executive Officer

Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA , President The American Institute of Architects

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What is the purpose of Grassroots?

The annual Grassroots Event  invites AIA’s premier for three and one-half to four days of networking, professional development opportunities, and sharing and exchanging information and ideas. The event addresses the ever-evolving issues facing the chapter, the practice, and communities.

Where and when is Grassroots usually held?

Typically in February, Grassroots is usually held in regional cities and alternates between Washington, D.C. each year.

Who is the audience?

The primary audience consist of chapter leaders, specifically presidents and presidents-elect, component executives and staff, AIA national board of directors, AIA strategic Council and emerging leaders.

What events typically take place during Grassroots?

Grassroots Leadership & Advocacy Event focuses on AIA’s policy  platform and interactive workshops and best practices to enhance leadership skills, and hands-on exercises to introduce tools and resources. There are also opportunities for members to share and exchange information on specific challenges that relate to their own experiences.

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