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Join Me!

Do Architects See the Future Differently than Other People? It’s the question my daughter asked me as I was preparing for my first speech as Candidate for First Vice President / President Elect of the American Institute of Architects. The speech that was the next step in my mission to answer a challenge from my mentor that started with AIAS and has led me to the post of Vice President of the American Institute of Architects. Now, like my mentor challenged me, I’m challenging you. Join me. This is OUR time. Join me in making OUR Institute stronger, OUR Profession more relevant and OUR world a better place. 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 Leaders of our Future

It’s fitting though. These young people are our future leaders. They are the few that seized the opportunity to attend the convention. They are the group that put themselves out there in front of large group of professionals at the Design Slam. They had the delightful audacity to seek out the leaders of the firms that are shaping our immediate future. That gives me comfort. Our future is in good hands. Continue reading

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A Knowledge is Power Partnership

The American Institute of Architects and the National Institute of Building Sciences announced a groundbreaking partnership last week. The organizations will begin collaborating on issues related to design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance buildings; issues that impact the entire building community and that can improve our nation’s buildings. Continue reading

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The Super Bowl is More than a Sunday

To some, the Super Bowl is an event, a game or maybe an annual party to attend. To some cities it means the influx of millions of football fan’s dollars. To Indianapolis it means so much more. Continue reading

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Why AIA? Part 3

“Why AIA?” “Why should I pay my dues?” “What’s the value of the AIA?” What do you think? Why AIA? Is it Credibility and Advocacy? Continue reading

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