Strategic Plan

Designing Our Future: AIA Northern Virginia's Strategic Plan

In the face of unprecedented challenges, architects have a vital role in designing a better future for our communities, country, and planet. AIA Northern Virginia recognizes the need for impactful change, addressing climate impacts, racial inequities, and infrastructure neglect. This five-year strategic plan aims to transition the chapter from an event-based organization to an impact-based organization, focused on design innovation and excellence. By elevating the value of architecture in our community, we strive to advance the quality of the built environment for all.

The Process:
The AIA Northern Virginia Executive Committee conducted a two-day strategic planning retreat in 2022. The committee thoroughly analyzed various data sets, including membership demographics, financial analysis, member surveys, market conditions, and evaluations of previous strategic plans. Insights from the national and state AIA strategic plans were also considered. This comprehensive review informed the development of our strategic goals and initiatives. The Board of Directors unanimously adopted the 2023-2027 strategic plan in December 2022.

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Our Vision

At AIA Northern Virginia, we seek to elevate the value of architecture in our community to advance the quality of the built environment.

Our Mission

AIA Northern Virginia activates the region's architecture community by supporting our members, advocating for the profession, and amplifying the power of design.

aianova core values

Core Values

Cultivate. Serve. Engage. Connect. Promote.

Nurture and Advance the Future of the Profession

  • Strategy A: Build interest in architecture in K-12 age children
  • Strategy B: Strengthen and increase our presence within local architecture universities
  • Strategy C: Recruit and support emerging professionals on licensure path and young architects in becoming the next generation of firm leaders

Evolve the Organization to Optimize Membership Value and Experience

  • Strategy A: Enhance the structure, resources, and culture of the organization
  • Strategy B: Demonstrate fiscal responsibility
  • Strategy C: Enhance education opportunities
  • Strategy D: Establish and develop our unique brand identity

Engage, Activate, and Grow Our Membership

  • Strategy A: Assess and expand membership and retention
  • Strategy B: Define and convey the value of membership
  • Strategy C: Increase interest in leadership positions
  • Strategy D: Develop targeted programming and events
  • Strategy E: Create opportunities for the architecture and design communities to become involved

Strengthen and Cultivate Connections

  • Strategy A: Build cross-industry connections and partnerships to magnify impact
  • Strategy B: Advance relationships with Virginia state and local AIA components
  • Strategy C: Expand programs with other AIA Components to increase reach and efficiency
  • Strategy D: Establish member firm connections
  • Strategy E: Create meaningful and intentional networking opportunities
  • Strategy F: Engage with local communities

Promote the Value of Good Design and the Role of an Architect

  • Strategy A: Demonstrate the value an architect can provide in a variety of community leadership roles
  • Strategy B: Serve as a trusted resource for public officials and other key leaders
  • Strategy C: Celebrate our members' good design work and contributions to the built environment
  • Strategy D: Actively position the profession to take a visible stance on J.E.D.I. issues
  • Strategy E: Identify ways to engage with the public through design

The 2023-2027 strategic plan of AIA Northern Virginia sets a clear path forward to transform our chapter into an impact-based organization.

By nurturing the future of the profession, evolving our organization, engaging our membership, cultivating connections, and promoting the value of good design; we will create lasting change in our community. Together, we will elevate the value of architecture and advocate for design excellence to shape a better, more equitable future.

Learn more about AIA NoVA's Strategic Plan.