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Present at the 2021 Virtual Tri-State Conference

July 30, 2021

AIA New Jersey, AIA New York State, and AIA Pennsylvania are proud to announce the 2021 Virtual Tri-State Conference on December 8, 9, & 10. The three states have come together once again to share ideas and technologies that are redefining our industry.

This year’s conference will be designed to offer defined educational sessions that highlight ways that architects are leading the way in the following concentrations. Creative ideas will be considered in all areas, including, but not limited to the suggested topics below:

Small Firms
Leadership & Emerging Professionals

  • Firm
  • Community
  • Organizations with a focus of equity, diversity & inclusion.

In the spirit of inclusion, we encourage you to consider the importance of diversity in geography, ethnicity, gender, and experience when selecting potential speakers and panelists. Simply hearing someone say “I believe you are a great fit for the topic” can be a great confidence builder for a potential speaker and giving less recognized voices a platform to speak helps elevate us all. We hope you take this into consideration by carefully selecting who may enhance the value of your presentation.

Rating Criteria for Each Proposal:

  • Originality | It is essential that we offer attendees unique and insightful sessions to fulfill a learning program that reflects our evolving and dynamic community/industry.
  • Relevance | AIANYS, AIANJ and AIAPA seek session content that is applicable and transferable representing diverse perspectives and solutions to support the advancement of association professionals energy, time, and investment.
  • Program Design | AIANYS, AIANJ and AIAPA seek sessions that incorporate good practices for adult education with clear learning objectives/outcomes that are measurable and achievable.
  • Ability to Inspire Action | AIANYS, AIANJ and AIAPA seek content leaders who offer diverse capabilities – inspiration, subject matter expertise, facilitation skills, and the ability to evoke action. We want participants to return to their respective firms to implement and share what they learned.
  • Overall Quality | AIANYS, AIANJ and AIAPA are dedicated to ensuring that all the conference sessions meet the highest standards of excellence based on: originality, relevance, program design, and the ability to inspire action.

Presentation Format

Seminars will be 90 minutes in duration. We will be hosting this event virtually and appreciate your flexibility in regards to format. Each speaker and/or panel member must be listed separately with all contact information provided. If you feel you have a dynamic three hour workshop that you feel applicable, please contact Michael Cocca at mcocca@aianys.org to discuss your proposal.

AIANYS, AIANJ & AIAPA will retain a complete set of materials (including PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and a list of samples) on file for each seminar. Seminar and workshop presenters will be required to submit a master copy of their visual presentation materials in electronic format for CES review at least 6 weeks prior to the presentation for review of relevance of content, learning objectives and appropriate required information.

Continuing Education Submittal

Once selected, AIANYS will submit your program to the American Institute of Architects CES to ensure that the appropriate LUs and HSW credits within AIA and New York mandatory education guidelines are applied and to avoid any possible confusion of credit.

Speaker Technology Requirements

We ask all speakers have a quiet area to present, a room with adequate lighting, a good quality webcam, and a microphone with satisfactory sound quality. Speakers are asked to make time for a run-through prior to the event to check all technology requirements.


  • The final step in the program design and delivery process is evaluation. To better implement future programming, participants will evaluate your session on the following criteria:
  • How well did the content match the published description?
  • How clearly stated were the learning objectives and were they met?
  • How effective were the uploaded material and did they add value?
  • How fulfilled were the attendees’ expectations?
  • How valuable was the topic to the attendee?

Speaker Selection

Programs will be selected by a jury of architects and other experts in the design and construction profession. The deadline for submission is July 30, 2021. After the deadline, the jury will meet to deliberate on programs that fit the criteria of the conference and speakers will be contacted shortly thereafter.



July 30, 2021
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