AIA & the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea Great Sand Castle Contest is our most enduring annual event that draws people from around the United States to partake in the art of sand castle on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Continuing Education Programs are conducted regularly to help keep our members current on licensing requirements, building technology, innovation, Green techniques, sustainable products, municipal regulations, codes and pending legislation
Arts and Architecture provides a forum for presentations by invited guests that are open to the public. Programs often include notable architects, historians, artists and tours.
AIA Monterey Bay Public Forum Programs to help disseminate public information as related to the built world are another service this local chapter provides.
AIA Monterey Bay Design Charettes are held to provide professional help to local agencies, cities and others. These events occur throughout the year for the benefit of the public and to allow local architects to contribute their unique abilities and skills.
AIA Monterey Bay Traveling Public Awareness Display is exhibited throughout the Tri-County area to acquaint the public with the unique and varied work of local professional architects associated with the American Institute of Architects.
AIA Monterey Bay Client Referral Service categories of architectural projects are listed, along with names of AIA member firms specializing in those categories.
AIA Monterey Bay Awards for Excellence in Architectural Design Program is a biennial award program to acknowledge the exceptional effort to produce excellent architecture. The Citation Award recognizes exceptional design features in a building; the Award of Merit recognizes overall design quality, and the Honor Award designates those projects worthy of emulation by other architects.
AIA Monterey Bay Stanton Award
AIA Monterey Bay International Outreach—Japanese Sister City: Nanao
Nanao, which means seven mountain peaks, has been a Sister City to the City of Monterey since 1995 but the friendship is really peninsula wide. More than 700 Nanao residents—children and adults alike—have visited our area and nearly 300 people from Monterey have made the trek to Nanao, located Japan’s west coast. The Nanao-Monterey relationship began in 1986 when a research group from Nanao toured the U.S. West Coast looking for a community that was similar to theirs in geography and industry and chose to model themselves after Monterey Peninsula. The AIA Monterey Bay Chapter is a member of the Monterey Peninsula-Nanao Friendship Association that continues to develop the growing relationship between the two areas. Our chapter’s relationship with the Nanao architectural community began over 20 years ago and has included a number of trips by each group to visit each other and to learn the differences and similarities about our professions in a different cultural and social setting. Our chapter has developed presentations on design in an historical context, housing types and at the request of their community, presented urban design ideas for the city of Nanao. What is most important are the friendships we’ve created and the sharing of cultural experiences that transcend political or social boundaries