A'20 MN - The Minnesota Conference on Architecture
November 10-13, 2020

The AIA Minnesota Conference Programs Committee invites you to submit a proposal for a program to be presented at the AIA Minnesota 2020 annual state Conference. More than 50 programs and tours are offered each year with attendance at each ranging from 20 to over 400 attendees. The audience is primarily architects although interior designers, landscape architects, engineers, planners, and other design professionals often attend as well.
Proposal deadline: Monday, May 18, 2020
All proposals must include the following:
  • Title
  • Program description
  • Learning objectives
  • Program format
  • Audience
  • Speakers
  • Program length 
Although our selection committee will be seeking programming that addresses a variety of topics and areas of practice, a special focus will be given to those that address climate action and business resilience.
Taking on Climate Action: Together with the American Institute of Architects, AIA Minnesota is taking on the climate challenge and focusing on climate change at this year’s conference. Education sessions and exhibits will showcase products, technology, practices, and trends that help reduce our carbon footprint and move us toward a regenerative future.
Discover Tools to Increase Business Resilience: The Coronavirus epidemic has had significant impacts on Minnesota architects and the construction industry as a whole. Conference programming in 2020 will also emphasize ways to improve the resiliency of the industry and architecture businesses of all sizes.

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.
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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 pro bono
  • You will be notified if your program has been selected no later than July 31, 2020
Questions? Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director, AIA Minnesota.