Shafer is an active member of the American Institute of Architects, Chicago Chapter (1989-present) and was the Chairman of the Young Architects Committee (1990-92). He is a member of Lake Shore Country Club, Glencoe, IL (1988-present) where he served on the Board of Governors (2001-2003), was Chairman of the Property Committee (2001-2003), was a member of the Ad Hoc Golf Committee (2000-2003), the Long Range Planning Committee (1999-2001), Chairman of the East Side Feasibility Committee (1996), Chairman of the Architectural Committee (1995), and was a Co-Chair for The Centennial Project (2001-2003), the 100th anniversary Master Planning effort for the complete overhaul and redevelopment of the historically significant country club designed by Howard van Doren Shaw. On numerous occasions Shafer has been a juror for the Highland Park Preservation Awards, has been a past commissioner on both the Design Review Board (2010-2011) and the Highland Park Historic Preservation Commission (2000-2001), has served on the Highland Park Cultural Arts Commission (2000-2001) and was instrumental in the restorative development of The American Legion Hall building for the Suburban Fine Arts in Highland Park, IL. Shafer is currently working with Zurich Esposito, Executive Vice President of the Chicago Chapter AIA to establish a local Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) for the Chicagoland area. Shafer continues to fund and promote his firm’s ‘Salon Series’, a small gathering of invited guests and featured speaker to engage in a casual but intellectual discourse relating specifically to the arts and architecture professions. Shafer has been a member of The Harvard Club (1989-1992), The Chicago Architectural Club and The University Club of Chicago (1989-1991).