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Board Decision Marks a New Chapter in AIA History

Efficiency and greater efficacy cited in new bicameral approach

On Friday, September 20, 2013, the AIA Board of Directors voted to change the way the AIA is governed. The AIA Board decision moves the AIA toward a bi-cameral governance model. The decision creates two houses—a smaller Board of Directors chosen for specific roles and talents and a larger geographically diverse Council that takes up important strategic issues concerning practice, the profession, and society.

    • A small board of directors composed of 11-15 members chosen for their specific talents and areas of expertise will pursue a defined, strategic set of fiduciary concerns that affect the health of the Institute.

    • A large council composed of 50 or so elected members who represent geographic, demographic, and subject-matter diversity, will pursue a larger set of broad, critical concerns affecting the profession.

Click here to watch a special video message from the Board.

Throughout the Repositioning process of research and analysis, AIA members desired explicitly to see the AIA become a more agile organization and provide bold leadership for the profession. A streamlined governance framework allows the Board to more effectively address important issues affecting members and the profession. Changes to the governance structure create more time and space for elected leaders to address professional issues that will heighten the AIA’s relevance and value to members. Finally, governance that supports agility will enable the Institute to respond to new opportunities more effectively.

“Our Board of directors made a momentous decision last week to move us closer to our goal of the Repositioning—remaking the AIA as a visionary membership organization focused on serving members,” says AIA EVP/CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA.

“Creating a smaller Board of Directors that will more efficiently and effectively focus on operational issues allows the Council to be fully engaged with strategic issues concerning practice, the profession, and society,” says AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA. “And, most importantly, moving toward streamlined governance will instill confidence in an AIA that is relevant and responsive to member feedback.”

The Board’s deliberation on September 20 also produced an alignment statement, crafted in consultation with Kotter International, the firm helping the Institute make this significant and lasting change. Kotter helped us to combine all of the feedback and key takeaways from the Repositioning research and created a simple compelling distillation of our commitment and direction toward a renewed AIA:

Advancing Through Architecture

Together, we agree that the time is now to change the way we think and behave in order to shape our future. To become a more valued, relevant organization, the AIA will focus our priorities to:

    (1) Elevate public awareness

    (2) Advocate for the profession

    (3) Create and expand the sharing of knowledge and expertise to ensure a prosperous future for our members

Never before have we needed this level of bold, visionary leadership to inspire architects to work together and build a better world for all people—through architecture.


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