SIGNIFICANT WORK FOR THE INSTITUTE
REPOSITIONING AIA FOR AN EVER CHANGING WORLD
Debra is leading a year-long initiative exploring the perceptions, beliefs, attitudes, needs, and value of “the Architect”. The process sought out opinions of members of the profession (AIA Members and Non-Members), as well as Emerging Professionals, Architecture Students and Faculty, and Architects who have migrated to other fields. It also included outreach out to clients, perspective clients and the public in general in order to gain some stronger level of insight as to the collectively perceived “purpose” of our profession.
The initiative is intended to determine if there are gaps in perception among ourselves and among non-architects about who architects are, what architects do, what needs we address (or perhaps needs we should address and don’t currently), and what opportunities should we pursue (or not) to close these gaps and ensure the ongoing relevancy of our profession in a rapidly changing world.
Results of this initiative are expected to be shared with AIA leaders at the 2013 Grassroots Leadership Conference in Washington DC.
BRANDING OUR FUTURE THROUGH INTEGRATED MEDIA
Debra led the National Integrated Media Task Force when the AIA website, printed magazine, and convention were managed separately and not serving the needs of emerging architects who expect instant communication 24-7. Under her leadership, the national board reached an unprecedented decision to team with Hanley Wood as AIA’s first Integrated Media Partner: a decade long segregated approach. This new partnership is a dramatic change that will impact all 76,000 AIA members by expanding the voice of AIA Architects into markets previously untouched, while furthering AIA knowledge initiatives.
STRATEGICALLY PLANNING OUR FUTURE
Debra’s strategic drive was also invaluable to the National Board Strategic Direction Group as they wrestled with painful issues of who we are as an organization, especially in these increasingly challenging economic times. Using her ability to process detailed information quickly, she gave shape to the 2010-2015 Strategic Plan and trained more than 35 component leaders in developing and implementing their own strategic planning process. Debra leads by example as she initiated her own component’s strategic plan as well as facilitated two other state component strategic planning sessions.
EMERGING PROFESSIONALS: DEVELOPING FUTURE LEADERS
Debra is both a role model and supporter for emerging professionals, and she is committed to exposing young people to our profession. She is currently the national board liaison to the Council of Emerging Professionals. She was also the first “emerging professional” elected to represent the Ohio Valley Region as their Director to the AIA National Board of Directors. She has also been instrumental in securing emerging professionals representation on boards and committees at all levels of the organization and instituted the first-ever student director position on the AIA Indiana Board and the ACE Mentor Board of Indiana.
Debra has fostered the greatest support for future architects through the creation of an internship program for the inner city youth of the Indianapolis Public Schools. Organized in conjunction with IPS’ $695 million Capital Improvements Program that Debra led. The internship program created jobs for more than 60 students, exposing them to design and construction opportunities.
AIA INDIANAPOLIS SERVICE
Indy Rezone Task Force, 2013
Sponsor Development Committee (joint with AIA Indiana), 2010-11
Golf Outing Committee, 2002
Public Relations Director, 1998-99
Women in Architecture Committee Chair, 1999
Associate Director, 1995-96
AIA INDIANA SERVICE
Legislative Committee, 2008-present
Sponsor Development Committee (Joint with AIA Indianapolis), 2010-11
Long Range Planning Committee Chairman 2008
Design and Service Awards Committee Chairman, 2008
State Convention Planning Committee, 2007
ARCHPAC Treasurer, the Indiana Architect Political Action Committee
AIA OHIO VALLEY REGIONAL SERVICE
Regional Convention Planning Group 2010-11
Regional Planning Convention, Indiana Chairman, 2009
Regional Planning Convention, Indiana Chairman, 2005
AIA NATIONAL SERVICE
Vice President, 2012-13
Repositioning Presentations 2012
–Big Sibs Meeting in Houston
–National Associates Committee
–Young Architects Forum
–WMR/NWPR Joint Convention
–Ohio Planning Session
–New board orientation (national board)
Communications Committee Chair, 2012-13
Council of Emerging Professionals, 2013
Board of Directors, 2009-11
Board Strategic Directions Group, 2009-11
Board Community Committee, 2011
Board Governance Task Group, 2009
AIAS Honor Awards Jury 2009
Integrated Media Task Force Chairman, 2009-10
Young Architect’s Forum Advisory Committee, 2003-05