Manager, Architectural Research Support

The American Institute of Architects The American Institute of Architects Employer:
Washington, DC, USLocation:
Wed, Apr 10 '19Posted on:

This is a mid-level professional position in which the incumbent ensures the incorporation of architectural research embedded into various AIA programs into the organization’s Research Agenda and knowledge portfolio. The position also advances the architectural goals of the AIA: increase research literacy of the profession; enable and support research; and gather, translate, disseminate, and celebrate research findings. This position will report to the Managing Director, Research and Practice.


Job Duties:

  • Help coordinate the research work of AIA knowledge communities and other member groups in order to ensure it aligns and is incorporated into AIA’s overarching architectural research goals.
  • Help provide tools and guidance for member groups to get engaged in AIA’s research programs.
  • Coordinate architectural research and practice relevant-research educational content and event programming to increase research literacy.
  • Ensure that architectural research content is delivered appropriately by subject matter experts and alternative sources.
  • Work collaboratively with internal AIA content, marketing, and communications teams to expand AIA’s support and dissemination of research findings.
  • Manage AIA’s contribution to the AIAS (American Institute of Architectural Students) Crit Scholar research mentorship program, including communicating with mentors and working with AIAS on the day-to-day aspects of the program.
  • Help manage, provide logistics, and offer support for AIA’s convenings around research, including Research Summits.
  • Help support AIA’s research-related initiatives with ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture).
  • Coordinate with the Director, Sustainable Metrics & Operations and the Director, Higher Education to advance AIA’s research goals through collaboration and avoid duplication.
  • Help Manager, Research and Archives to engage staff, members, and stakeholders to create long-term knowledge products.
  • Promote emerging research agendas in architecture and their related knowledge products through online channels, AIA’s communications, and/or educational vehicles.
  • Support maximizing the impact of AIA’s research investments in relevant topics (e.g., architectural practice, architectural space and building typologies, materials and methods of construction).
  • Help coordinate AIA’s Foresight Initiative, working with the Director of Firm Engagement and other members of the Research and Practice team, members, and other AIA staff.
  • Maintain AIA’s list of research disruptions and future trends impacting architectural practice, profession, and industry at large.
  • Help maintain and update AIA’s Research Agenda and track progress of AIA’s architectural research goals.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.



Frequent Contacts:


Manager, Research and Archives

Members of the Knowledge Community team

Director, Market and Economic Research

Director, Firm Engagement

Director, Sustainable Metrics & Operations

Director, Higher Education

Director, Archives and Records

Other members of the Research and Practice team

Other members of the Knowledge and Practice team (sustainability, continuing education)

Other members of the staff within the AIA: National and components

Content partners

AIA members

Service contractors

General public

Other organizations

Job Requirements

Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential. Experience working across teams, both within the organization and with outside volunteers. Self-starter with the ability to interact effectively in an individual membership environment, work effectively with vendors, manage multiple projects, set priorities, and recognize the importance of deadlines.  Excellent organizational skills and the ability to convene and facilitate group discussions and meetings. Experience or interest in tracking societal trends. Industry experience preferred, but not required.


Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology), Architecture, Communication, Engineering, or equivalent discipline is required with a minimum of four years relevant experience. Master’s degree preferred, not required.


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