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The 2013 Codes and Standards Network
By Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Codes and Standards Committee Chair

    Recognizing the potential of members engaged in countless areas of expertise let me introduce you to the 2013 Codes and Standards Committee Network. The Codes and Standards Network is an effort that engages members throughout our states and components. Engaging all of our members as advocates of our profession continues to be an integral part of the role of the Architect going forward. As individuals, you can appreciate all the great work you and your colleagues accomplish on a daily basis. Too often the missing component to those accomplishments is the engagement of likeminded members throughout the country. I'm reminded of the mission of the American Institute of Architects as the voice of the architectural profession and a resource for its members in service to society.

    The Codes and Standards Committee has recognized five objectives in 2013; code development, sustainability, accessibility, education and permit stream lining. These objectives are concerns that are relevant throughout the country and are positioned for AIA Architect leadership. It is with that understanding that the Codes and Standards Committee has reached out to our components to identify those members who are active in the regulatory and standards practice. Through that engagement in regulatory practice those individuals are meeting the charge of the mission by serving their profession and membership while assuming a leadership role in service to society. It is on that foundation that we have built this advocacy initiative and fill in the missing component by engaging all these individuals in a network: a network where we not only accomplish the five objectives, but also establish a lasting network where these individuals can work collaboratively.

    Our profession continues to experience challenges based on a building industry that is rapidly changing. Regulatory, contractual, construction and even performance metrics are developing in response to these changes. Through this network of Architects we will be positioned to meet those challenges and respond to those changes as one voice.

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