A'21 MN - The Minnesota Conference on Architecture

A'21 MN: A Hybrid Conference
Based on the feedback we received from the A’20 MN conference, which was entirely virtual, we have decided to host a hybrid conference in 2021. Two days of the conference will be virtual (Wednesday, October 27, and Wednesday, November 3) and two days will be in person (Wednesday and Thursday, November 10 and 11).

AIA Minnesota seeks proposals for continuing education presentations for all four days of the 2021 Conference. We will schedule over 50 programs for audiences ranging from 20 to over 400 participants. The audience is primarily architects and architectural designers. Interior designers, landscape architects, engineers, planners, and other design professionals often attend as well. Proposal deadline: Friday, June 4, 2021
Scheduling. Within the program proposal form, you will have the opportunity to indicate your preference for presentation at either a virtual or an in-person day of the conference. If your proposal is selected, the final scheduling decision will be made by the selection committee and AIA Minnesota staff. In an effort to minimize the climate impact of this conference,  we will be scheduling programs with out-of-town speakers on virtual days as much as possible.
Topics to Propose. The selection committee seeks proposals on a wide variety of topics for all building types including, but not limited to, Practice; Design; Sustainable, Resilient, Regenerative Design; Equity in the Built Environment; Materials & Systems; Technology; Preservation; Rural Design; Urban Design; Equity in the Profession; the Future of the Profession; and Ethics.
All proposals must include the following:
  • Title
  • Program description
  • Learning objectives
  • Program format
  • Intended audience
  • Speakers
  • Preferred program length
  • Preference for virtual or in-person delivery
Non-proprietary content
Please note that program content cannot be product- or service-specific. All presentation material must be non-proprietary.

Health Safety Welfare
The AIA recognizes general programming for credit as well as programming that addresses Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW) issues. In order for your program to qualify for HSW credits, at least 75% of your presentation must directly address issues related to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Likewise, it is required that 3 of your 4 learning objectives identify the HSW issues being addressed. Click here for more details on the definition of Health Safety Welfare and HSW categories.

Please note that AIA National staff have observed a misbelief that simply falling into one of the topic categories (S23-02) is sufficient for a program to be approved for HSW credit. THIS IS NOT TRUE. When proposals are reviewed, the first filter is to look for how the learning program’s content addresses the protection of the public good (S23-01) - that is, protection of the public, not the design professional, firm, owner, or contractor. If this is not found, the category is irrelevant to their review.
Diversity Policy
Selections of programs and presenters for the AIA Minnesota Conference on Architecture will be made in a manner consistent with AIA Minnesota's core values and Diversity Policy, with attention to ensuring that a diverse array of voices and perspectives are brought forward, in particular regarding gender and race/ethnicity.

Suggestions and Tips
Top Ten Tips for Submitting Proposals and Presenting Valuable Programs

Please note:

  • Should your program be accepted, you must agree to submit any additional information requested in order to comply with requirements necessary for reporting for CE credit
  • Proposals are received with the understanding that program speakers are providing their services as volunteers, with no expectation of compensation. On a case-by-case basis, compensation may be provided to members of the community outside the AEC industry who are engaging outside of a professional capacity. With an emphasis on reducing the climate impact of the conference, requests for travel reimbursement will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • You will be notified if your program has been selected no later than July 31, 2021
Questions? Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director, AIA Minnesota.