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Two Bylaws Amendments, 11 Resolutions Approved at AIA Convention

The delegates at the 2013 AIA National Convention approved the following amendments to the Institute’s bylaws by two-thirds majority vote:

1. Bylaws Amendment 13-A, Associate and International Associate Members as Component Officers: This amendment allows components (if they choose to do so) to have Associates and International Associates as officers. This change does not affect current limitations providing that Associates and International Associates together may not hold more than two seats or one-third of the total seats, whichever number is greater, on component boards of directors.

2. Bylaws Amendment 13-B, Component Allied Members: This amendment provides that Allied individual component members may use the phrase “Allied Member of the [Name of Chapter] Chapter of the American Institute of Architects” to describe themselves.

In addition, the delegates approved the following resolution by majority vote:

    Resolution 13-1, AIA Management of Continuing Education Units (CEUs): This resolution requests that the AIA continue in its efforts to standardize state CEU requirements to facilitate reciprocity and continue to be the central repository for management of CEUs. It also calls for immediate improvement to its system of electronic reporting and tracking of CEU courses and credits.

The delegates also approved the following resolutions of appreciation by acclamation:

    • Resolution 13-2: Appreciation to Retiring Executive Committee and Board Members

    • Resolution 13-3: Appreciation to Members for 50 Years of Membership

    • Resolution 13-4: Recognition of Newly Licensed Architect Members

    • Resolution 13-5: Recognition of Component Executive and National Staff Service Anniversaries

    • Resolution 13-6: Appreciation to the Host Chapter

    • Resolution 13-7: Appreciation to Convention Committees

    • Resolution 13-8: Appreciation to Exhibitors

    • Resolution 13-9: Appreciation of Mickey Jacob, FAIA, and Dianne Jacob

In addition, the delegates approved the following resolutions by majority vote:

    • Resolution 13-10, A Resolution of Support for AIA Repositioning with Recommendations for Rapid and Comprehensive Actions, calling for the AIA Board of Directors and senior staff to provide the membership with a full and detailed compilation of the recently submitted responses to the repositioning priorities referred to as the “Community Conversations” by August 1, 2013; to designate a single individual or group that is the visible and authoritative steward of the repositioning effort; and to produce a comprehensive repositioning implementation plan to be shared with all members by December 15, 2013. In addition, the resolution requested that the implementation plan appropriately describe separate and distinct strategies and schedules for the reorganization of the National Board of Directors, and for the external messaging related to the Institute’s new “manifesto” for America’s architects, so that both activities can proceed with all due haste.

    • Resolution 13-11, “Repositioning the AIA,” which requested that effective October 1, 2013, repositioning materials, including action plans, task force/meeting reports, individual Community Conversation reports, consultant findings, presentations, etc., be made available to the Committee of Architectural Component Executives (CACE) and regional directors for member-driven activities; that leadership and CACE be provided verbal updates via monthly teleconferences; and that the membership be provided a direct method for providing feedback on Innovation Grant proposals prior to the selection committee meeting. Further, to facilitate communications, the resolution requested that repositioning staff and leadership involved in oversight of repositioning be listed on

Resolutions approved by the delegates at the convention will be presented to the Board of Directors for ratification at its meeting in September 2013.


Members at the 2013 business meeting on Saturday approved two bylaws amendments and 11 resolutions.

Vincent Marani, AIA, Europe Chapter President from Prague, Czech Republic, makes a point during the business session on Saturday. Photo by


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