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William J. Bates, AIA, Elected 2015–2016 AIA Vice President

William J. Bates, AIA, from AIA Pittsburgh, was elected 2015–2016 AIA Vice President at AIA Convention 2014 in Chicago. A current AIA National Board member, Bates began his AIA leadership tenure in 1988 when he was elected president of AIA Pittsburgh. He went on to become president of AIA Pennsylvania twice, in 1991 and 2011. Another AIA leadership feat Bates accomplished twice was helping to organize the Prince Charles–helmed Remaking Cities Conference in Pittsburgh in 1988, and 25 years later in 2013.

Bates has held a number of corporate facilities design and management positions throughout his career, including working as the national manager of design for the Westinghouse Corporation and the vice president of strategic facilities planning for PNC Bank. He is currently the vice president of real estate for EPHG, Inc.

“Our members expect the AIA to be a bold leader, the voice of the profession, advocating for architects, championing innovation, anticipating change, and leading the way forward,” he says. “I think it is important that the AIA become a more inclusive organization and invite more collaboration in solving the global issues of our profession and humanity. While the AIA has long tried to educate society about the importance of design in health and quality-of-life issues, we must do more. I am convinced that the citizen architect, and the corporate and government architect, can be our best advocates by promoting our profession within the client’s boardroom.”

Bates holds a B.Arch from the University of Notre Dame. Additionally, Bates has built a deep portfolio of civic leadership positions outside of the AIA, serving as Pittsburgh chapter president of the National Organization of Minority Architects, chair of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation Development Corporation, past vice president of the Allegheny Land Trust, and past president of the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh.

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