Continuing Education Marathon Day

The chapter began in 2001, hosting full day of continuing education programs. In addition to education on many diverse architectural topics, the chapter membership can earn continuing education credits locally, at a reasonable cost, in a consolidated timeline. Each marathon day offers the possibility of gaining up to 8 continuing education credits all in one day.
The formats have varied over the years and the chapter currently has joined forces with the local USGBC chapter to offer not only continuing education credits that meet the AIA CES Provider criteria but, also meet the criteria for GBCI continuing education credits. Typically, local business professionals, manufacturer representatives, service providers, or other representatives from the architectural or sustainability industries are invited to present programs. Each presentation is given only once and are totally independent from each other.
The membership is asked to pay a nominal fee for this event to cover the balance of costs not covered by the presenter’s sponsorship. This event typically is held in the months of September or October.

AIA/ NAWIC/ CFMA Annual Golf Outing

The Southwest Michigan chapter began this golf outing as a scholarship fund raising event in 1994. The chapter invited two other local professional development organizations to joinforces with the chapter. The other two local chapter organizations are from NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) and from CFMA (Construction Financial Management Association). A committee consisting of members from each of the three organization runs the event. The profits of the event are spilt amongst the organizations and each makes scholarship awards independently.
The Southwest Michigan Chapter typically makes an award in affiliation with Andrews University. The scholarship award has been given either to an individual student studying architecture or to the AIA Student Chapter. The scholarship award is reviewed and awarded by direction of the current years' chapter board.
At the end of the 18th year of this event, more than $ 47,000 had been raised and awarded through this event. The Southwest Michigan Chapter is very proud of this achievement and very proud to have chartered the idea. The golf outing is typically held in the late summer of each year.


Every year, the Southwest Michigan Chapter sends a board member (typically the incoming VP) to represent our members at the Grassroots Annual Leadership and Legislative Conference. This conference is designed to help AIA’s leaders reach their fullest potential in their firms, components, and communities. With a wide range of leadership opportunities being offered, the event will focus on a leadership curriculum that allows leaders to acquire and enhance their leadership skills and focus on specific hands-on practice exercises. Continuing the Grassroots tradition, there are be many occasions for attendees to provide input on AIA initiatives and share information and ideas with AIA component staff and their counterparts from around the country. The agenda typically includes a dynamic legislative conference that will address how you can effectively influence the political arena in your community. Two vibrant keynote speakers provide their insights on the current and future state of the profession and organizations and our roles as leaders.
  • Network with peers and meet AIA national leaders and staff
  • Advocate for the AIA’s legislative agenda on Capitol Hill
  • Hear and articulate ideas at the Member Congress
  • Sharpen leadership skills with workshops and best practices sessions designed
    specifically to help you become more effective chapter and civic leaders.