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AIA members at the Citizen Architect Meet & Greet at 2013 Convention

Building Leaders, a Legacy following the 2013 AIA Convention

By Adam Melis, Director Political Affairs & Engagement

AIA members who attended the national convention in Denver this year heard a lot of how they can move the profession forward and take a more active leadership role in their community and beyond.

During the convention, the AIA Government and Community relations team participated in sessions and events that looked at the current threats to the architectural practice, networked with civically engaged members, participated in the tweet up (@aia_advocacy), among other things. Some of the highlights were putting together two of the best “parties” during the convention: the Architects in Advocacy reception at the Clock Tower and the ArchiPAC Billiard & Brew reception at the Wynkoop, which were well attended and enjoyed by many as a place to be. Speaking of the ArchiPAC reception at the Wynkoop, guess who stopped by? Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Hon. AIA (D-OR) took a short detour on his way back to Portland to visit with AIA members and discuss the importance of ArchiPAC and the need for Architects to engage more with their elected officials.

The general sessions brought forth a number of announcements including the launch of the new Advocacy Network, the architect’s trade mission to Brazil, and the regional design competition from HUD to promote resilience in areas impacted by hurricane Sandy. Following Friday mornings general session, the ArchiPAC lounge hosted a candidate meet & greet with AIA members Peter Steinbrueck, FAIA and Newell Arnerich, AIA discussing their races for political office with AIA members from across the country.

What was your AIA convention experience? Post on the AIA Advocacy Facebook page and upload your convention photos to the AIA Advocacy Flickr group.

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