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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.

2018 Board


Stacy Christie
SJCF Architecture

Birthplace: Wichita, KS
Education: Bachelor of Architecture, Kansas State University 2004
Work Experience: College intern for RTKL Dallas January 2003 – August 2003; June 2004-Present McCluggage Van Sickle & Perry / GLMV Architecture

Stacy has 14 years of architectural experience and is a registered architect in the state of Kansas. For the past five years as an AIA Wichita board member, she has put an emphasis on matters such as streamlining member communication, increase interest in the Design Awards, and foster more inclusivity for women and emerging professionals. Her supportive role does not stop there as she designs and coordinates various project types at SJCF. Outside of work, free time is spent with her husband and twin toddlers.


Matt Cortez
GLMV Architecture

President Elect

Jeff Minar
Alloy Architecture
Design Awards Chair


Luke Dolechek
Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture


Craig Lofton
Alloy Architecture

Public Relations

Allison Le
SJCF Architecture

Website Chair

Kyle Wilkerson
GLMV Architecture

Communications Chair

Luke Scott
WDW Architecture

Golf Chair

Jamie Lindamood
Krehbiel Architecture


Carmen Simon
SJCF Architecture 

Past Presidents

  • 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