Category Archives: Advocate

Be OUR Messenger

One of the great things about an organization with the size and reach of the American Institute of Architects is our thousands of messengers. But here’s the key: we have to work together. We must have a unified message. We must communicate that message with each other and with the public. There needs to be a symbiotic relationship between members and local and national components. We all have to do our part. Continue reading

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Let’s Connect

What do you think is the biggest benefit of being a Member of the American Institute of Architects? Given the fact that the 2013 edition of the AIA National Convention is less than two weeks away, let’s take a minute to focus on the idea of connecting. Most of all, I hope that you can go to Denver and connect. Connect with your peers and connect with all the opportunities that come from engaging in a network that has rich resources for Architects in every stage of their careers. Continue reading

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Why do Businesses Need Architects?

Why do you need an Architect? The answer to that question has been a major tenant of the AIA’s outreach for years. Above any other professionals, we’re suited for connecting all the players in the building industry. We’re often the connection between the developers, the builders, the Officials, the agents and the users. It is our work that guides the process and drives efficiency in the industry. Our contributions lead to economic returns. Architects are good for business. Continue reading

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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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Leadership and Legislatures

It’s AIA Grassroots time again and this year’s Leadership and Legislative Conference is sure to be one of the most important in recent history. Join me and many of your fellow professionals to enjoy a Keynote address from Frank Stasiowski, FAIA; see a Repositioning presentation from LaPlaca Cohen and Pentagram and participate in a Repositioning Forum hosted by Mickey Jacob, FAIA and Robert Ivy, FAIA. Continue reading

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The True Value of an Architect – Tell the Whole Story

If we are going to prove the true value of an Architect to our society, to stem the erosion of our profession as it were, we need action. What impact are you making? Let me know. Continue reading

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Expanding the Architect’s Role

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of sitting down with Gary Parr, Editorial Director of Commercial Building Products Magazine to talk about expanding the Architect’s role in the building industry. Continue reading

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