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AIA ETN Committees

AIA East Tennessee (AIA ETN) relies on the dedication of volunteers who work together through our various committees to accomplish great things within our community, and profession. With over 150 volunteers annually, our committees develop programs, activities, and events, that support our membership and drive innovation.

AIA ETN’s Committees are the backbone of our organization, and their success is driven by the passion of volunteers who come together each year to achieve remarkable results. If you’re not already involved, we encourage you to consider joining one of our committees. Below is a list of our current committees with brief descriptions, committee chair contacts, and meeting schedules. To learn more or join a committee, please fill out our committee form or contact a committee chair. Remember, our members are what make our success possible both now and in the future.


This committee is responsible for developing and maintaining the communications of AIA East Tennessee. This includes the Chapter website, newsletter, and social media accounts.

Committee Chair: Jen McMahon

Committee on the Environment

The AIA ETN COTE committee serves as a collective platform for architects and allied professionals to advance climate action and climate justice through design in our East Tennessee region. We believe that a coupling of design and sustainability is essential in creating a healthier, resilient, and equitable future in the built environment.

Committee Chair: Cameron Bolin, AIA

Meetings: 4th Thursday of the Month


This committee is tasked with formulating our annual package of partnership opportunities and managing special events.

Committee Chair: Josh Shaffer

Meetings: Occur on the 1st Friday of every month

Design Awards

This committee hosts our Annual Design Awards which recognizes the design awards competition winners, the newly licensed architects, those elevated to FAIA, the Friend of Architecture Award, the Gold Medal Award, and other achievements of our membership.

Committee Chair: Kathryn Greer, AIA

Meetings: To be added to this committee, please contact our Committee Chair.

Equity, Diversity + Inclusiveness

The committee’s mission is to assist other committees and the Chapter with recognizing and eliminating institutional injustice, increasing the diversity of the profession and of future professionals, and fostering a spirit of inclusiveness for all members, while working to promote a completely just society for all members of our communities.

Committee Chair: Jarrod Arellano

Meetings: Occur on the 3rd Monday of the Month.


This committee is responsible for ARE prep, AXP opportunities, professional development, and socials for architects that range from architectural students through professionals licensed for 10 years or less.

Committee Chairs: Cody Rau, AIA & Aaron Jernigan, Assoc. AIA

Meeting: Occurs the 1st Tuesday of the Month

AIA Annual Golf Tournament

This committee hosts the Annual AIA Golf Tournament. The tournament serves as a great chance to interact with architects and industry professionals while supporting our chapter through our yearly funding, allowing us to educate industry professionals while supporting our East TN community.

Committee Chair: Delaney Warren

Meetings: To be added to this committee, please contact the committee chair.

[Knoxville] By Design

[Knoxville] By Design celebrates architecture and promotes the profession to the public through various events like Art Salon, the Modern Homes tour, Design Slam, Park(ing) Day, Bricks and Blocks for children, Bricks and Brews for adults, walking tours, and more.

Committee Chair: Justin Hare, Assoc AIA

Meetings: To be added to this committee, please contact the Committee Chair.

K-12 Outreach Committee

Our K-12 Outreach Committee’s focus is introducing architecture to primary and secondary students, broadening an understanding of the profession’s contributions to our communities, and encouraging and mentoring those interested in a career in architecture and design.

Committee Chair: Michael Travis, AIA

Meetings: Occur on the 1st Wednesday of the Month


This committee plans and coordinates the Chapter’s monthly Design Feed and Technical Session programming, selecting speakers through a criteria-based system that includes HSW credit(s), sustainability, diversity, design excellence, and tangential disciplines to our profession.

Committee Chair: John Sanders, FAIA

Meetings: Occur on the 3rd Tuesday of the Month.

Annual Thunderbowl Tournament

This committee hosts the Annual AIA Thunderbowl that happens each year during the summer. No matter if you’re an avid bowler or have used lane bumpers a time or two, our Thunderbowl mini-tournament is an excellent opportunity for you to meet other folks within the profession after work!

Committee Chair: Aaron Jernigan, Assoc AIA

Meetings: Reach out to our committee chair if you’d like to join our planning meetings.

AIA Annual Volleyball Tournament

This committee hosts the Annual AIA Volleyball Tournament that happens each year in the summer, and is one of our “fun” events of the year!

Committee Chairs: Scott Busby, AIA, and Eric Bowen, AIA

Meetings: Reach out to our committee chairs to become involved.

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