Monthly Archives: March 2013

Engage and be Relevant

One of the dangers that any professional organization or business can face is the trap that we fall into when we spend more time talking to each other than we spend talking to clients, customers, partners, friends and family. The American Institute of Architects will be most successful when we learn to adopt a more accessible language. Our success will come when we understand and speak their language; when we understand and help solve their issues; when we become relevant in their world. Continue reading

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Forge New Ground!

When was the last time you got the recognition you thought you deserved? As professionals many of our friends and colleagues play behind-the-scenes roles; they are the very definition of ‘unsung heroes.’ There’s a lesson to be learned in looking for examples in our lives that may not be Starchitects but that may be making great contributions to their communities and our profession. Continue reading

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Architects: Practice with Passion!

The title Architect can mean many things. Being passionate about architecture can mean many things. I hope that there’s something in your career that impassions you about our profession; that propels you out of bed every morning. Whether you’re an Architect designing buildings, or an Architect managing construction, or an Architect that teaches in the classroom, the American Institute of Architects needs you to be a champion of our profession. Continue reading

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What Do Architects Really Do?

Are you an Architect practicing in a non-traditional role? I’d like to hear your story. Let me know. There are members of the American Institute of Architects working as construction managers, as teachers, as elected officials, as developers, as local officials, and as engineers; but do they have a place in our organization? As a professional organization we must recognize that the term Architect no longer refers only to a person that designs buildings. Continue reading

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