Intern Development Program (IDP)

Do you have an interest in what it takes to become a registered architect?
The IDP Committee works to assist Associate members complete the Intern
Development Program and prepare for the AREs. We discuss current IDP and
ARE issues, give presentations to educate students and members, and head up
the ARE review courses. Join the IDP committee and help make the path to
licensure more user-friendly for you, your firm, and other interns!

The AIA Minnesota IDP Committee is co-chaired by a registered architect and an intern. Together they are responsible for educating the profession and prospective architects about the current requirements for becoming a licensed architect in the state of Minnesota.

Chair: Meg Parsons, AIA and Mandi Tauferner, Assoc. AIA

AIA Staff Liaison: Deanna Christiansen christiansen@aia-mn.org

Meeting Date: First Thursday of the month at 12:00p.m. at the AIA Minnesota office

Committee Activities


To educate students, interns and firms, the committee:

* Makes presentations to interns, mentors, supervisors and firm principals about the IDP process and the AREs
* Makes presentations to architecture students to introduce the concept of IDP and inform them of the Minnesota state licensing requirements for architects
* Presents ARE review seminars throughout the year to aid candidates in preparing for the exam
* Interfaces with NCARB and the AIA National Office to influence future policy

ARE Seminar schedules are emailed to all AIA associate members. If you are not an AIA member, contact Deanna Christiansen or 612-338-6763, and ask to have your name added to the ARE/IDP mailing list. Current seminars being offered can be viewed at Continuing Education.

To request a firm visit or a student presentation, email one of the co-chairs or Deanna Christiansen.

A Call for IDP Auxiliary Coordinators

As a part of your responsibilities in your firm coordinating activities that support those in the Intern Development Program? Do you wish you had an easy way to access the most up-to-date changes and national happenings for IDP? Do you ever wish you could bounce ideas or ask questions of those in other firms to see how they support the interns within their office? If so, we invite you to become an IDP Auxiliary Coordinator. This position does not require you to do more than you are already doing with your firm. It does offer opportunities for you to expand your knowledge of IDP and be plugged in to the AIA network of Coordinators. View the Position Details (PDF)

IDP Committee contacts


MN State IDP Coordinator, IDP Committee Co-chair
Meg Parsons, AIA, 612-379-3400
Committee Co-chair
Mandi Tauferner Assoc. AIA, 612-789-2800
MN State IDP Educator Coordinator
Jim Lutz, AIA, 612-624-7866
Continuing Education Director and AIA Staff Liaison
Deanna Christiansen 612-338-6763