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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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The Candidate Question Series Volume 4

Recently Candidates for the 2014 / 2015 AIA First Vice President / President Elect were asked to answer a series of questions from the AIA California Council and the AIA Center for Emerging Professionals. Over the next week or two leading up to the National Convention, I’ll publish my answers here in a series called “The Candidate Question Series.” This is the fourth post in that series. 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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The Candidate Question Series Volume 1

Recently Candidates for the 2014 / 2015 AIA First Vice President / President Elect were asked to answer a series of questions from the AIA California Council and the AIA Center for Emerging Professionals. Over the next week or two leading up to the National Convention, I’ll publish my answers here in a series called “The Candidate Question Series.” This is the first post in that series. Continue reading

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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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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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