AIGA Chicago invites you to participate in open nominations for Chapter board positions and the Chapter’s Above & Beyond and Fellow Awards. We also encourage you to recommend potential businesses for the Corporate Design Leadership Award.

Each board member is elected to fulfill a specific role that supports the mission of AIGA Chicago: to connect, educate and advance the Chicago design community. The 2013 open board positions include Development Co-Chair, Education Co-Chair, Membership Chair, Treasurer and two Programming Co-Chairs—each with a three-year term.

Position descriptions:

Each Board member is elected to serve and represent the entire membership of the AIGA Chicago to the best of his/her ability, in accordance with the AIGA mission and the description of the board position. The Board of Directors meets monthly to report, determine, and vote on Chapter activities. AIGA board members are elected by the entire membership and serve staggered three-year terms, except for the president, whose term is two years.

General requirements for all board members:

The following is a list of general expectations and is a baseline—by no means all-inclusive of the responsibilities of board members.

  • Attendance at monthly board meetings.
  • Monthly board reports are to be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the monthly board meeting.
  • Organize a committee to assist with carrying out the responsibilities of the position.
  • Determine a succession plan for your position.
  • Attend a minimum of six chapter events annually, in addition to planning the retreat and annual meeting.


The Treasurer oversees the financial stability of the Chapter, ensuring that programs and activities are viable and working with the board to set and achieve long-term financial goals.

Development Chair facilitate opportunities for local and regional companies to participate in programming and activities—establishing and nurturing corporate partnerships while overseeing all sponsorship transactions.

Programming Chairs plan and help manage an annual program schedule that supports AIGA Chicago’s mission as well as the evolving needs and interests of members.

The Membership Chair facilitates membership growth by directing new membership campaigns, managing active and prospective membership lists, recruiting new members and coordinating volunteers.

The Education Chair initiates and assists in organizing programs that are beneficial to student members, such as conferences, exhibitions and scholarships, while providing general guidance to students and serving as a liaison to faculty advisors.


Award Descriptions:

Fellow Award
Each year, the AIGA Fellow Award is presented to an individual who has contributed to the advancement of the graphic design profession throughout his/her career. It is a nationally recognized AIGA award, given periodically by each of the 55 AIGA Chapters.

The Fellow award program is a means of recognizing mature designers who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within their local or regional design community as well as in their local AIGA chapter. The areas of education, writing, leadership and reputation, as well as the practice of design, are given equal consideration in measuring significant contribution.

Corporate Design Leadership Award
The AIGA Chicago Corporate Design Leadership Award recognizes organizations that have shown dedication and leadership by promoting excellence in design as a meaningful business policy. Recipients demonstrate outstanding and consistent commitment to the highest standards of design as a means to advancing their corporate message and brand experiences.



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By AIGA Chicago
Published December 28, 2012
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