About the AIA Committee On Design

The Committee on Design (COD) was founded to promote design excellence among members of the AIA, the broader design community, and the public at large, both nationally and internationally.  The Committee on Design is led by a volunteer advisory group of eight architects and an adjunct leadership team of 11 additional individuals.  We are supported by two liaisons from the AIA Board of Directors, Doug Benson, AIA, and Paul Mankins, FAIA; and by numerous members of the national staff, most importantly Bruce Bland and Kathleen Simpson.

In realizing our mission, we promote a range of activities intended to encourage a dialogue on the art of building. Our goals are:

to examine and promote knowledge of contemporary design issues;
to compare current design and historic precedents;
to learn from the contrast or progression of ideas;
to advocate leadership roles for architects within the fields of design and planning.

In addition to visits to and consideration of great architecture, COD also nominates candidates for many of the AIA’s most important design awards and organizes design related events at the national convention.  Volunteer assistance and corporate sponsorships are always welcome.

Visit the Committee On Design website here.

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