Convention Schedule

Official Agenda


Thursday, March 26th

9:00am – 5:00pm | Attendee & Delegate Check-In | Mercer Room

10:00am – 5:00pm | Architecture Firm Tours | Meet in Lobby

4:00pm – 5:00pm | Convention Officer Training | Rome Room

6:30pm – 10:30pm | Welcome Reception | Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium | Directions

  • Group Photo at 7:30pm


Friday, March 27th

8:00am – 9:00am | “Breakfast with Robert” | Blackstone A

9:00am – 12:00pm | Business Session | Blackstone B

12:00pm – 1:00pm | Lunch | Blackstone A

1:00pm – 2:00pm | Keynote Address | Blackstone B

2:00pm – 3:30pm | Workshops, Session I

  • Collegiate Track: The Ritual of Alpha Rho Chi | St. Nicholas A
  • Alumni Track: The Creative Shift | Hill Room

3:30pm – 4:30pm | Alumni Task Force & Committee Meetings

  • Alumni Baseline Task Force | St. Nicholas A
  • Alumni Communications Task Force | St. Nicholas B
  • Alumni Organizational Structure Task Force | Hill Room
  • Audit Committee | Blackstone B
  • Resolutions Committee | Blackstone A

4:30pm – 6:30pm| Business Session | Blackstone B

6:30pm – onward |Evening on Your Own


Saturday, March 28th

8:00am – 9:00am | Breakfast | Blackstone A

9:00am – 12:00pm | Business Session | Blackstone B

12:00pm – 1:00pm | Lunch | Blackstone A

1:00pm – 2:00pm | Workshops, Session II

  • Collegiate Track: Recruitment | St. Nicholas A
  • Emerging Professionals Track: AIA ArchiPrep | St. Nicholas B
  • Alumni Track: Alumni Task Force Presentations | Hill Room

2:00pm – 3:00pm | Workshops, Session III

  • Collegiate Track: Memberplanet for Chapters | St. Nicholas A
  • Emerging Professionals Track: Tackling Exams as a Working Professional | St. Nicholas B
  • Alumni Track: 10 Year Alumni Plan Review | Hill Room

3:00pm – 4:00pm | Workshops, Session IV

  • Collegiate Track: Social Media Do’s and Don(u)t’s | St. Nicholas A
  • Alumni Track: Working with the Alpha Rho Chi Foundation | St. Nicholas B
  • Alumni Track: Memberplanet for Alumni Groups | Hill Room

4:00pm – 5:00pm | Marketplace | Blackstone Foyer

5:30pm – 6:30pm | Banquet Check-In & Reception | Blackstone Foyer

6:30pm – 11:00pm | Banquet | Blackstone Ballroom

  • Program begins at 7:30pm


Sunday, March 29th

9:00am – 10:00am | Grand Council Meeting (open to all) | Rome Room


Program Descriptions

Firm Tours | Thursday

Space is limited. Tour sign up is included in your registration.

10:30am | Actual Architecture
1105 Howard Street #102 | website

From the firm:

“Actual Architecture Company is an internationally recognized architecture and design firm based in Omaha, Nebraska, but operating around the world with expansive vision. The firm draws on backgrounds in architecture, landscape, and art to provide informed, highly considered design for a wide range of clients, sites, and projects – from individuals to art institutions, urban to rural settings, and furniture to large buildings. By maximizing the potential of academic and professional practices, and with an open mind to creative collaboration, Actual Architecture Co. integrates design-research, speculative design practice, with a commitment to building architecture that enhances culture and community.”

3:30pm | TACK Architects
2922 N. 61st Street #1 | website

TACK is an Omaha-based studio founded in 2011 by Jeff Dolezal, Rebecca Harding and Chris Houston. From the firm:

“We combine diverse experiences to create unique spaces and exceed our client’s expectations through thoughtfully curated projects. By prioritizing trust and confidence in our project process, we have raised the bar of client service and satisfaction. We solve problems by challenging convention and maximizing client investment, introducing a project to new heights of existence.

A Midwest firm with national experience, we connect with a wide range of clients through a passion to convey the flow of concepts to results. Our design philosophy blends notions of craft, tectonic expression, sustainability, and contextual specificity, while working hard to understand our client’s objectives, budget, culture and mission.

Our collective goal is to get back to the heart of architecture by documenting experiences and details through tangible design that conveys a timeless story and personal vision of each client we work with.”


“Breakfast with Robert” | Friday

Robert Ivy, AIA | Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects, Master Architect of Alpha Rho Chi

Description forthcoming.


Keynote Address | Friday

Robert Ivy, AIA | Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects, Master Architect of Alpha Rho Chi

Description forthcoming.


Collegiate Track Workshops | Friday & Saturday

The Ritual of Alpha Rho Chi | John Conway, Worthy Grand Lecturer (Vitruvius Alumnus)

See The Ritual performed in full by national officers and appointees, some of whom have performed their role dozens of times. Afterwards, stick around for an interactive Q&A with the actors and Worthy Grand Lecturer, where they’ll share tips and tricks for safe, proper execution of each aspect of the performance.

Recruitment| Maggie Mueller, Colony Director (Isidorus Alumna)

How does a chapter successfully recruit new members? This collaborative session will review outreach strategies for chapters and campuses of all sizes, discuss potential events and activities, and address common challenges that collegiate members face when bringing in new members.

Memberplanet for Chapters | Christina Anderson, Database Coordinator (Satyros Alumna)

Memberplanet is an amazing tool to help you manage your chapter, your events, and your outreach – if you know how to use it! This workshop will cover the need-to-know features including adding members, updating your roster, paying dues and filing reports, as well as sending emails, hosting events, and collecting data. Bring your burning questions, and laptops, to this interactive session.

Social Media Do’s and Don(u)t’s | Mary Stiger, Publications Director (Severus Alumna)

Don’t get stuck in the WHAT of social media marketing. Dive in to the WHY of your chapter’s online image. What drives you to post that video, host that event, or feature that member? This discussion based workshop will take you through the process of asking WHY and crafting a more compelling social media story (and yes, there will be donuts).


Emerging Professional Track Workshops | Saturday

AIA ArchiPrep| Aaron Michael Grant, Senior Manager of ArchiPrep (Cleisthenes Alumnus)

See a live demonstration of AIA’s newest ARE prep product, ArchiPrep! Designed to be a companion to other ARE Prep programs, ArchiPrep offers testing candidates a road map to success. With hundreds of flashcards, over one thousand quiz questions, and an interactive tracker, you’ll be well equipped to get licensed faster.

Tackling Exams as a Working Professional | Risa Schoenfeld, Risk Management Director (Hadrian Alumna)

Studying for any exam, let alone 7, as a working professional is no joke. This session will share best practices for scheduling, studying for, and passing exams, gathered from years from current and former Grand Council officers who studied for and passed AREs, PEs and LAREs while also volunteering for Alpha Rho Chi.


Alumni Track Workshops | Friday & Saturday

The Creative Shift| Krsten Ruch Pfister, Steelcase Associate in Applied Research/Consulting (Metagenes Alumna)

Creativity is more crucial than ever to generate new ideas and solve complex problems. The journey to enable creative work relies upon an understanding of organizational shifts and emerging user behaviors. Defining priorities to support creativity can be challenging and fragmented. Join us as we discuss everything around creativity: organizational shifts, user behaviors, workplace needs and ways to enhance your own creativity.

Alumni Task Force Presentations

Hear from the Alumni Organizational Structure, Alumni Association Baseline, and Alumni Communications Task Forces that were established at the 2019 Convention. These presentations will continue the progress that was made at the 2019 Alumni Summit.

10 Year Plan Deep Dive | Michele LeTourneur, Acting WGAA/Alumni Director (Metagenes Alumna)

Join your fellow alumni for an open and lively discussion of the 10-year Alumni Plan where we evaluate the plans direction in terms of Identity, Communication, Metrics, and other areas for alumni involvement.

Working with the Alpha Rho Chi Foundation  | Richard Jenkins, Foundation Director (Metagenes Alumnus)
Whether your association operates a managed fund with the APX Foundation or is thinking of starting one, we’ll discuss the basics of how managed funds work and answer your questions. Learn about the role of Trustees in providing local voices in the broader Foundation and opportunities for alumni to apply for Burchard Grants.

Memberplanet for Alumni Groups  | Phil Buckberg, Worthy Grand Architect (Metagenes Alumnus)

Is your Alumni Association using MemberPlanet? Do you know how to format a newsletter, send a quick email or create an event complete with multiple RSVP and payment options? Join us as we demonstrate how to set up and use basic features in MemberPlanet so that your association can easily communicate with your alumni.


Marketplace | Saturday

Do you have APX merchandise you’d like to sell to our membership? Contact to reserve your half or full table before Sunday, March 8th.

Suggested Activities

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

LOW END is Bemis Center’s new music venue located in its 25,000 square foot basement level. LOW END features free live shows by local, national, and international sound artists, composers, and experimental musicians. Free show scheduled Friday, March 27.

Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

The Durham Museum

Joslyn Art Museum

Joslyn Castle

Lauritzen Gardens

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

*Registered attendees have free admission to the zoo prior to the Welcome Reception on Thursday, March 26th, starting at 3PM.

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