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  • Stuart CoppedgeStuart Coppedge has been a longtime member and contributor to the American Institute of Architects. Recently, his role took on a whole new dimension.

    The RTA Business Development Manager and Associate has served AIA at local and state levels and is currently the 2010/2011 Secretary of the Western Mountain Region Council. Stuart was elected as an AIA National Director, at the 2011 AIA WMR Conference, hosted by AIA Las Vegas.

    According to the AIA, "The Board of Directors is responsible for the general management of the affairs of the Institute" which means Stuart will have direct fiduciary responsibility, function as a communication link between the institute and its members, and will provide overall leadership for the western states region. Stuart's will be one of two Western Mountain Regional Directors representing AIA members in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico.

    In twenty-four years of AIA membership, Stuart has taken opportunities to develop strong working relationships with key National Component staff and Executive Committee members, while intentionally maintaining an independent voice for the architects of his region. He hopes to continues this balance of national and regional influence throughout his three year term which begins in January of 2012.

  • As a new school year begins, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) continues its board-level commitment to engage the K-12 community like never before. The AIA K-12 Initiative - led by RTA Principal and Chair of the K-12 Working Group Stuart Coppedge, AIA, LEED AP - is working to bring architecture to students of all demographics and income groups.

    Read more about AIA's new research into architecture and design education programs across the country.

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  • Stuart Coppedge, AIA, has been elected 2016 - 2017 Treasurer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The announcement was made at the 2015 AIA National Convention held in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Stuart’s long history of AIA leadership began in 2005 when he served as AIA Colorado South President, then AIA Colorado Treasurer, AIA Colorado President, and AIA Western Mountain Region (WMR) Secretary. He then represented the six-state WMR from 2012-2014 as an influential member of the AIA National Board of Directors during a time of significant change, serving on the Finance and Audit Committee as well as leading a select nation-wide group focused on cultural transformation within the AIA.

    "We, as the AIA, must embrace our critical role in the future of our profession, balancing bold vision with fiscal responsibility," he stated to the convention delegates. "I believe I can bring great value by working closely with other elected leadership, CACE, and our great staff to devise and implement strategies that address our organization’s current and future needs, and align our monetary policies with our members’ priorities."

    Coppedge is a principal at RTA Architects, which is celebrating 40 years of exemplary client service and innovative design in 2015. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlas Preparatory Academy, serves as an Advisory Board member of the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs, and was appointed in 2014 by City Council to a three-year term on the Downtown Review Board.