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About AIA

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) works to advance our nation’s quality of life and protect the public’s health, safety and welfare, as it has done for 160 years.

AIA members from across the world assist with fabricating the environments where people live, learn, work, and play. From hospitals for healing, to houses of worship for spiritual wellbeing, we design for the next generation with sustainability in mind to create healthier and safer communities. Architects are the backbone of the world’s design and construction industry. Whether entrepreneurs or small business owners, they do more than just simply create great spaces; they create opportunities.

As an AIA member you have a voice in the values we uphold in our daily practices. Architects are eager to develop new policies to create a better, stronger, and more equitable and sustainable society as natural facilitators and problem-solvers. AIA members are committed in engaging in the policy-making process and to focus the power of design on solving the challenges facing our world.

Being aware of the damaging effects excessive carbon has on our atmosphere, the AIA will continue to advocate for policies that protect the environment by encouraging the design, preservation and construction of high-performing buildings. Reducing the carbon footprint of buildings is not just good for the environment; it’s good for business. According to a 2015 study, from 2011 to 2014, the green construction market generated $167.4 billion in GDP, supported over 2.1 million jobs and provided $147.7 billion in labor earnings. That is why we advocate for policies that lead to energy efficient, carbon neutral buildings.

We stand for federal policies that help firms thrive, not hold them back. That means a tax code that treats architects fairly, small business programs that provide loans and financing support and programs that give small firms the chance to compete. That is why AIA advocates for policies that ensure small firms remain strong contributors to the nation’s economy.

The youth is held back by a lack of access to education and the crushing burden of student debt. This is true in architecture where recent graduates often leave the profession to pay down student loans. Without a pool of qualified architects to design buildings, projects will not move forward, stifling the economic development. So that young professionals remain in the architectural profession, the AIA is an advocate for policies that provide better access and financing for education.

As AIA, we rise to meet the challenges of today with the designs for our future. This is where we stand—today and every day.

Mission Statement

An organization meant to promote and forward the mission of the American Institute of Architects within Wichita and to organize and unite the members of the architectural profession through monthly meetings, building tours, presentations, professional development and other networking events.

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2019 Board

Executive Board


Jeff Minar
Alloy Architecture

Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas
Education: B.Arch. Kansas State University 2004
Work Experience: College intern for Hollis + Miller Architects in Kansas City from January 2003 to August 2003; June 2004 to Present with Alloy Architecture

About: Jeff is currently a principal with Alloy, has 15 years of architectural experience and is a registered architect in the state of Kansas. Since joining the AIA Wichita board in 2016, he has worked to revive the Sandcastle Competition at the Wichita Riverfest and it continues to grow year by year. Moving forward, Jeff would like to see AIA collaborate further with other professional organizations in the engineering and construction communities. Outside of work, time is spent with his wife Lindsey and two boys Liam and Greyson. They enjoy going to K-State football games and taking summer trips to Lake of the Ozarks.

President Elect

Allison Le
SJCF Architecture


Meredith Hampton
GLMV Architecture


Craig Lofton
Alloy Architecture



Stacy Christie
SJCF Architecture
Endowment Fund Chair


Luke Dolecheck
SPT Architecture

Public Relations

David Stauth
WSU Project Manager

Committee Chairs


Lisa Shaffer
LK Architecture


Luke Scott
WDW Architecture

Community Outreach

Carmen Moravec
SJCF Architecture

Golf Tourn./Fundraising

Jamie Lindamood
Krehbiel Architecture

Emerging Professionals

Luis Burgos
SJCF Architecture



Committee Members

Website Coordinator

Kyle Wilkerson
GLMV Architecture

Intern Coordinator

Jeff Kuhn
GLMV Architecture

ARE Session Coordinator

Blake Toews
SJCF Architecture

Past Presidents

  • 2018: Stacy Christie
  • 2017: Matt Cortez
  • 2016: Malcolm Watkins
  • 2015: Josh Herrman
  • 2014: Eric Whittman
  • 2013: David Dresher
  • 2012: Anthony Jacobs
  • 2011: David Dresher
  • 2010: Anthony Jacobs
  • 2009: Richard Brown
  • 2008: Shannon Ferguson-Bohm
  • 2007: Chris Kliewer
  • 2006: J. Michael Rice
  • 2005: Gregory Tice
  • 2004: Tim Dudte
  • 2003: Jeffrey Weiford
  • 2002: Michael Seiwert
  • 2001: Michael Eidem
  • 2000: Edward Klock
  • 1999: Kelly Broce
  • 1998: Tod Ford
  • 1997:
  • 1996:
  • 1995: Richard Carl
  • 1995: Not for Profit Incorporation