The Continental Europe Chapter of the American Institute of Architects was founded in Paris in 1994. Achieving remarkable growth and vitality in its early years, the chapter continues to attract members from Western and Eastern Europe, and other places around the world.

Today, with hundreds of members spread across thirty countries, the chapter’s geographic diversity has proven its greatest strength, giving rise to its acclaimed International Conference Series.

Every six months, chapter members come together for The AIA Europe International Conference and Chapter Meeting, each time in and about a different European city. With support from the AIA Europe Board of Directors, the four ­day conferences are initiated by member architects residing in the conference city or country. 

AIA Europe is a dynamic community of design and building professionals, all with an international perspective in practice. Half of our members are US trained architects either living or working in Europe while the others are European architects with professional, academic or personal interests in the Unites States. 

Through additional joint activities with the five other chapters of AIA’s International Region, AIA Europe connects members further to the more than 2,400 professionals belonging to AIA Middle East, AIA Hong Kong, AIA Japan, AIA Shanhai and AIA UK. 


Our Members


The Board of Directors

AIA Europe 2017 Board of Directors

  • President, Tiffany Melançon, Int'l. Assoc. AIA, SIA
  • First Vice-President/ President Elect, Carsten Hanssen, Int'l. Assoc. AIA
  • Vice-President, Michael Shamieh, AIA
  • Secretary, Olesya Yefimov, Assoc. AIA
  • Treasurer, Sandra J Zettersten AIA, Dipl.-Ing.
  • France Director, Ray Spano AIA
  • Germany Director, Eddie Johnson, AIA
  • Italy Director, Royce Lanier, AIA
  • Switzerland and Liechtenstein Director, Stefan Bieri Int'l Assoc. AIA
  • Northern Europe Director, Stig Bengtsson, AIA
  • Southern Europe Director, Sophia Gruzdys, AIA
  • Eastern Europe Director, Bardhyl Rama, AIA

Committee Chairs

  • Communications, Tiffany Melançon, Int'l. Assoc. AIA, SIA
  • Continuing Education, Michael Shamieh, AIA
  • Sponsorship (Corporate Partners), Sandra J Zettersten AIA, Dipl.-Ing.
  • Fellowship/Honorary, Giancarlo Alhadeff FAIA
  • International Region, Nóra Demeter,  Int'l. Assoc. AIA
  • Membership, Michael Shamieh, AIA
  • Nominations (Immediate Past-President), Nóra Demeter, Int'l. Assoc. AIA
  • Student Programs, Sophia Gruzdys, AIA
  • Design Awards, Carsten Hanssen,  Int'l. Assoc. AIA
  • Parliamentarian, Alan Schwartzman FAIA