Committees are the workforce of the association. These volunteer-driven groups bring together passionate individuals in order to act collectively and collaboratively to achieve amazing results. Our 150+ volunteers annually pull off our greatest successes. AIA East Tennessee’s committees develop and coordinate the programs, activities, and events of the Chapter and work to support the membership.

Please consider, if you are not already, becoming involved and engaged in your Chapter’s activities. Below are our current committees with brief descriptions. Our success—past and future—is member-driven.


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


This committee is tasked with formulating our annual package of partnership opportunities and manages special events such as the Summer Volleyball League and the Golf Tournament.

Justice, Equity, Diversity + Inclusiveness

The newest 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.

[Knoxville] by Design

This committee celebrates architecture and promotes the profession to the public during the month of October through the Art Salon, the Modern Homes tour, Design Slam, Design Symposium, Bricks and Blocks for children, Bricks and Brews for adults, walking tours, and more. It is also responsible for Barkitecture and Park(ing) Day.

Annual AIA 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 in our yearly funding, which allows us to educate industry professionals while also supporting our East TN community.

Design Awards

This committee hosts the annual program 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.

Emerging Professionals

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.

K-12 Outreach

This committee focus is introducing architecture to primary and secondary students, to broaden an understanding of the profession’s contributions to our communities, and to encourage and mentor those interested in a career in architecture and design.


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

Annual AIA 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!

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