Welcome to the new Chesapeake Bay AIA website! We’re glad you’re here. This website has been a goal and desire of the Chapter for some time, and we’re happy to finally see it come to fruition. At the core, we want the website to be a data source that we can control internally as organization; flexible and user-friendly enough to get current and relevant information out to our members. As a volunteer organization with a constantly changing leadership, it was very important that the final product be one that can be easily manipulated and updated by our current and future Board members. After a short trial period, we believe this website meets that goal. We would like to thank the website’s creators, Higher Ground Media, for their work with our organization during this process.
If you’re a current or prospective member, take a look around. Our Events are posted on the side of the Home screen; we hope to see you at an upcoming function. Hopefully you’ll find information throughout the site that is useful to help you meet both your professional and personal goals.
If you are an affiliate or a company or individual interested in affiliate membership, please see the “Affiliates” tab for information concerning the benefits of affiliate membership and the process to become an affiliate member.
Finally, if you’re visiting as a client or member of the public who is interested in learning more about the profession or getting in touch with some of our members, please feel free to look around. Our member directory is a great resource for finding contact information for our talented and interesting members. Check out the “Client Center” for information on how to hire an architect, or the “Awards” section to be inspired by photos of our Chapter’s award winning projects from last year!
A final note: One of the priorities for this website was to create a more dynamic presence for both our members and our affiliate members; to that end, please note the “sliders” that appear in the lower right hand corner of every page of the site. As a member or affiliate member, you are entitled to an “ad” in this area. To be included, please send your company logo in jpeg format, sized to 281 pixels wide x 161 pixels tall to firstname.lastname@example.org.Jeremy Kline, AIA, LEED AP President, AIA Chesapeake Bay, 2013
The mission of the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is to further the development of the architectural profession. CBCAIA fosters collegiality and networking among architects in our region, supports professional licensure, ethical practice, the codes and regulations that govern the quality of the built environment, and community education and service in architecture to enhance the quality of life for all people.
The Chesapeake Bay Chapter is a regional component of the American Institute of Architects, and was founded in 1965. Charter member H. Chandlee Forman noted the history of the name in his record of the Chapter’s beginning: “It was to be called the “Chesapeake Bay Chapter”" because the eleven counties, Anne Arundel, Calvert, St. Mary’s, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset, where its members live, all border on the great Bay or its tidal rivers.”
The purpose of the Chapter was clearly stated on the back of the attractive blue menu for the Charter Night dinner of October 18, 1965:
“The formation of the Chesapeake Bay Chapter… will provide an effective organization of architects practicing within its chartered boundaries, which can, by its guidance, counseling, and educational programs, help to insure that the area’s total environment growth follows a course which will serve the best interests of the entire community.
We recognize the vital importance of the tremendous task which we face in our resolve to contribute the best of our professional abilities toward preserving the rich historical architectural heritage which is ours in the eleven counties bordering the Chesapeake Bay, as well as guiding the development of all the new facilities which will be required for our rapidly increasing population.”
“Because the results of our effort will directly affect the life of every individual within our area, both present and future, we pledge ourselves toward the successful fulfillment of this purpose.” – H. Chandlee Forman, A History of The Chesapeake Bay Chapter of The American Institute of Architects, 1973.
The Chesapeake Bay Chapter AIA meets several times a year in various localities within the region. Meetings are open to members, their friends and guests, prospective members, architectural students, high school students, and interested parties. The Chapter office is housed in the AIA Maryland Chapter House at 86 Maryland Avenue in Annapolis, Maryland.