Government Relations


Mission Statement

We work in collaboration with AIA National and AIA Tennessee to advocate on the federal, state, and local levels. By advocating for solutions within the built environment to address issues like school safety, climate change, and affordable housing, architects can be at the forefront of solving these critical challenges. The more architects work with state and local elected officials, the greater the positive impact on these and other important issues facing the profession, the business, and our communities.


Vision Statement

The purpose of the AIA Middle Tennessee Government Relations Committee is to inform, educate, advocate, and collaborate.


  1. INFORM by keeping AIA Middle Tennessee members informed about policy issues that affect their projects, businesses, and communities.
  1. EDUCATE by providing technical expertise to support local policymakers and elected officials in making informed decisions.
  2. ADVOCATE by giving voice to shared values of our members to influence the shape of our neighborhoods and our world.
  3. COLLABORATE by joining with allied professionals and community partners to advance shared interests.


have the application linked

info for Liaisons to distribute

like a landing page for the current liaisons and resource for those interested


Chair: Kelsey Oesmann, AIA
Board Liaison: Whitney Johnson, Assoc. AIA
Committee Members: Dawn Gonzalez, AIA; Amy Hardin, AIA; Robert Hoover, Assoc. AIA; Nicole Ridder, AIA; Maggie Scott, AIA

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AIA MID TN Resources

  • Podcast
  • other local/allied industries and organizations (NOMA, Equity by Design, etc. ) that have published targeted info


Community and Industry Resources

Upcoming Events

may, 2024

Contact AIA Middle Tennessee

Need more information or have a question or concern regarding Equity Diversity and Inclusion? Contact us today and a member of our team will respond in a timely manner.