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AIA Trust

AIA Trust

The purpose of The AIA Trust is to develop and offer insurance and benefit programs of the greatest possible value and to serve as a risk management resource for members and components of the American Institute of Architects.

(Find out about AIA Trust free practice resources and exclusive member benefit programs—by clicking the arrow on the video above to watch a 4-minute overview. Ask your colleagues and component members to join you!)

Established in 1952 by The American Institute of Architects as separate entity, the AIA Trust is a governed by a group of six AIA members and one AIA component executive who serve as Trustees, appointed by the AIA President. The Trustees, working with independent consultants, evaluate, select, and monitor programs that meet the Institute’s high standards of quality, value, financial stability, service, and coverage, adhering to strict criteria that you can access here. The AIA Trust serves as a member-advocate in getting information and claims handled properly and promptly.

The AIA Trust is dedicated to assisting AIA members in making decisions about complex matters and serves as a risk management resource for the practice of Architecture in cooperation with the Institute. It receives no dues dollars and is not a source of revenue for the AIA.Click here for the latest annual report about The AIA Trust.

About Your AIA Member Benefits

With so much at stake in your personal and professional life, the AIA Trust benefit programs will help you protect your future, the future of your firm, and the future of your family.

The information you will find here is a member service brought to you by the AIA Trust. This web site is designed to provide easy, comprehensive access to your benefit programs. You will find a wide range of programs to help you evaluate your needs and coverage—simply click on the program buttons on the left side. Plus, you’ll find a host offreerisk management tools and resources–simply click on the Practice Resources button at the top left.

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The insurance programs are underwritten by some of the most respected insurance companies in the business, providing complete, competitive, affordable coverage. Independent third party providers, which are licensed agents and brokers, administer these programs. We recommend that you fully investigate all carriers and program providers, coverage, and offerings before purchasing any products.

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FAQ: Center for Architecture

Can façade changes be made?  What about landlord approval?
Façade changes may be made under traditional “retail” establishment guidelines (i.e. minor and appliqués.)  Appropriate design should be acceptable to CCAD.

Is stair of Eastern Entry being built or is it part of design scope?
It is part of design scope.

What are the intentions for establishing a second means of egress?  There are two existing exterior doors but one set of doors is above the exterior sidewalk and has steps down to get outside.  Does the lease with CCAD allow for this space to be closed in to be used as an area of refuge with a call system?
The two existing means of egress (south entrance doors and east connection with CCAD gallery space)  conform to section 1015.2.1 paragraph 2 OBC.

What happens in the mezzanine space at the windows at the north wall? Will the cantilever at the second floor opening remain?
Fashion students will occupy the mezzanine space.  Assume windows and activity beyond an asset. The cantilever will remain in this opening.

Delimitation of the space at north wall.
The first floor space extends to the break in the ramp.

Describe the roof assembly above.
Reinforced linear cast in place concrete slab and beam system with a rigid insulation with new membrane roof. Roof Load capacity unknown.

Are restrooms part of the base building?  Can they be changed?
Restrooms are part of base and provided as part of the shell.  The intention is that the restrooms would not be changed, however they may be changed at project cost.

Anticipated staff additions?
There are no anticipated staff additions at this time.  Currently there are three full time staff and an additional accountant consultant who share all AIA responsibilities, including retail offerings, but as this space is very different from their current offices, the staff could change as well. (ie. this space is much more public than the current AIA offices.)

How will the staff monitor the space?
The space will be controlled visually, however the executive director’s office will need to be secured. Other items will need to be secured in other areas or casework.

What is intended for the transaction point?  Is a register space required?  Will this sales area include sale of AIA contracts and books?  How is this space expected to be used and what is required in this space?
The transaction point is intended to serve as a registration booth and a point of sale for contract documents/books/etc.  However inventory of goods could be located elsewhere in the space.  It was imagined that this could be a mobile station, that could dual purpose itself as a bar or serving station during events.

What is the intent for the kitchen staging area?  Will this also be a serving area as well as a space for caterers and guests to prepare their food?
The kitchenette is there for the following purpose – staff use during the day but primary function is to provide caterers a staging area for events such as chapter meetings or board meetings.  It is not intended to have food served on it – that would occur in the space.

Will there be any electrical panels within the space?

Is the HVAC system going to be updated as part of the individual preliminary updates? If so, what flexibility will be allowed for in the design?  (ie. Will the HVAC design be for one duct branch or can it be split into two, etc.)
Existing shafts and ductwork are provided at the east wall of the space, as shown on east interior elevation.  These are served by roof top equipment. Distribution is part of design scope.

Paint has lead.  Plaster has been tested in parts of the building and is “clean”.

*Updated* - Are the cost estimate and materials board (as described on page 4 of the Competition Brief) to be part of the (2) 30x30 boards? Or supplemental material?

The cost estimate is to be in a sealed envelope separate from firm envelope attached to the back of the boards.

Other Comments:
• What you see is what you are working with.
• Sprinkler lines are new with modification required on project expense.
• The assumed use is per shell permit drawings for the entire site. (Separated Business Use)
• NDC will maintain contact relations with shell architect.  All questions should be presented in the 
 standard fashion.  Do not contact the shell architect.

New Q&A - July 27th

What constitutes an AIA firm? Can a sole practitioner be an AIA firm?

If the owner of your firm is an AIA member you are qualified.

Are the cost of screens, projectors and sound system supposed to be in the budget?


Can you give us more information on the active studio?

This is an interactive open area for students of all ages, members, and allied professionals. The shape and size of the area is based on program needs with furniture layouts tailored to the program.

Please refer to original qualitative program description, specifically the first bullet.

New Q&A - August 4th

Can some of the existing interior finishes be removed to expose structural parts of the building?

If some finishes are removed and they are not overly invasive and presumably approvable by the landlord, there should not be a problem.

Is there a basement under the space?


So the brief for the competition references a “materials board?”  Is this a requirement or an option? Does it take the place of one of the two boards we are submitting…or do we submit two design boards and one finish materials board??

It is an option so long as the entire submittal is on two boards.

2020 Board of Directors Nominations

Aleks Daskalov, AIA, Vice President of FMS Architects is seeking the office of President-Elect. Amanda Dunfield, AIA, Architect at Ad Astra Design, is seeking the office of Treasurer. Matt Toddy, AIA, Architect at Design Collective is seeking the office of Secretary. Matthew Teismann, AIA, Director of Architecture at MKC, Hannah Evwaraye, AIA, Project Architect at Moody Nolan, and Sara Boyer, AIA, Associate Principal at Moody Nolan, are seeking to fill two-year terms as Directors. Joshua Hostetler, Assoc. AIA, BIM Manager at DesignGroup, is seeking a two-year term as Associate Director. John Meegan, AIA, Principal Architect at Gutknecht Construction, is seeking a three-year term as AIA Ohio Delegate. Ruth Gless, FAIA, is seeking a three-year term as AIA Ohio Delegate Alternate.

The membership will have the opportunity to vote on the slate of nominations at the upcoming Annual Meeting. We're excited for the coming year! 

2020 board nominations

Get Involved

One of the benefits that AIA membership offers you is in leadership opportunities. Below is a current list of active committees of the Columbus Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Anyone interested in participating in a committee or who would like additional information should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , at 469-1973.  


Emerging Professionals Committee
The Emerging Professionals Committee engages associate members and architects within their first ten years of licensure through programs and activities that encourage membership, participation, and leadership in the Chapter. The committee will provide a forum in which the specific needs of emerging professionals can be discussed and addressed. The committee will also seek young professionals in architectural firms, and distribute information to them to increase the basic understanding of their AIA.

Small Project Practitioners' Forum
The objective of the Small Project Practitioner's Forum is to provide an opportunity and alternative resources for sole practitioners and small firm principals to discuss relative issues in the practice of architecture via round-table discussions and presentations by invited guests; to promote quality architecture and the benefits of quality architecture on small and non-traditional projects to the general public.

Mentoring Committee
The objective of the OSU Mentor/AIAS Committee is to enhance the relationship between the OSU Knowlton School of Architecture Student Chapter and AIA Columbus. Participants include student chapter members and registered architects interested in mentoring relationships. The purpose is to match students and practitioners in one-to-one or small group relationships. Activities include an annual kick-off event, ongoing mentor/student opportunities, and an annual evaluation event. The committee works with Student Chapter(s) to coordinate these annual events. The Committee also coordinates with the IDP Committee.

Intern Development Program (IDP)
The Intern Development Program Committee contributes to the development of interns through the IDP. The committee locates interns, recent graduates and architectural firms and distributes information to them to increase the basic understanding of IDP and encourages participation in the program, while strengthening the presence of AIA.

College of Fellows
The AIA College of Fellows seeks to stimulate a sharing of interests among Fellows, promote the purposes of the Institute, advance the profession of architecture, mentor young architects, and be of ever-increasing service to society. The College of Fellows, founded in 1952, is composed of members of the Institute who are elected to Fellowship by a jury of their peers. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member. Elevation to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual but also elevates before the public and the profession those architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and to society. This committee is comprised of those members of AIA Columbus who have been elevated to this level of membership by the AIA College of Fellows. 


Academy of Architecture for Health
The mission of the Heathcare Committee is to establish a more visible and recognized regional presence for the Academy for Architecture on Health (AAH) through the recruitment of prospective academy members and to provide educational and networking opportunities to our current members. The committee provides: building tours, lectures, seminars and round-table discussions. More information can be found on the AIA National Academy of Architecture website.

Committee on Design (COD)
The Columbus Committee on Design aims to identify, promote, and celebrate the art of building design through a strategic engagement of professionals within our discipline, colleagues parallel to our discipline, and the public for whom we serve. In this pursuit, the Committee on Design strives to bring to light potentials of contemporary methodologies, techniques, and practices for our profession.

Committee on the Environment (COTE)
The objective of the Committee on the Environment is to promote a sustainable environment by creating an educational resource for members of AIA Columbus and the public; advocacy groups as more specific examples of public and architect groups to educate about sustainable design.

Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP)
New in 2010 the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community serves as a resource for AIA members, the profession, and the public in the deployment of computer technology in the practice of architecture. TAP monitors the development of computer technology and its impact on architecture practice and the entire building life cycle, including design, construction, facility management, and retirement or reuse.

Interior Architecture
The Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design

High School Design
High School Design is an outreach and education effort aimed at grades 9-12. The intent of the program is to introduce design as a profession through projects, presentation and interaction with local professionals. 


New to 2013, this committee will focus on growing and maintaining the membership of AIA Columbus. 

Community & Government Awareness
The Community and Governement Awareness Committee works to foster an understanding in the general public of what AIA Architects do and how they can add value to a project by collaborating with associated organizations to address common issues and supporting public outreach by all AIA Architects. Additionally, this committee works to promote positive media exposure for the Chapter and the profession of architecture. The committee also works to identify and monitor issues relevant to the built environment and establish relationships with business, city and industry leaders. 

The PAC Committee
The PAC committee should identify and ally with political leaders who are sympathetic to the Architect's role in the built environment. The committee also raises money for various political entities. The committee maintains a device for contacting chapter members and suggests a plan of action as the need arises during the political process.

The Center for Architecture + Design
The Center for Architecture and Design aims to enhance public appreciation for architecture and design. Through lectures, exhibitions, tours, film series and collaborative programs with other organizations, the Center celebrates the richness of the built environment and design, explores creative possibilities for the future of our community, and highlights the contributions of architecture and design in central Ohio.

Project Architecture/Camp Architecture
The mission of the Project Architecture Committee is to partner with educators to enhance education of K-8 students. Camp Architecture is a weeklong summer daycamp for children ages 9-12 to provides an opportunity for them to enhance their knowledge and skills, shape ideas and experience architecture through creative activities and exploration. 

Golf Outing
The Golf Outing promotes interaction between the architectural profession, allied professionals, engineers, contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers. Money raised through sponsorship of the AIA Columbus Golf Outing supports the AIA Columbus Associateship Scholarship for a graduate student at The Knowlton School of Architecture.