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John A. Padilla, AIA, Elected 2015–2016 AIA Secretary

John A. Padilla, AIA, from AIA Santa Fe, was elected 20152016 AIA Secretary at AIA Convention 2014 in Chicago. Padilla began his tenure in AIA leadership more than 16 years ago. He served as president of AIA Santa Fe in 2002 and as AIA New Mexico president in 2004. He served the Western Mountain Region as treasurer from 2005–2006, and as a Regional Director on the AIA National Board from 2007–2009. In 2010, Padilla was elected AIA National Vice President, a position he held from 2011–2012. A strong proponent of professional diversity, Padilla served on the AIA Board Diversity Council and helped develop the AIA’s Shadow an Architect program, which exposes school children from underserved communities to architecture and design.

Padilla is a senior associate at SMPC Architects, a firm that specializes in institutional and commercial projects, and manages its Santa Fe, N.Mex., office.

“The Institute is at a crossroads, a critical time in our 157-year history where we must be prepared to meet the challenge to reposition the Institute to be relevant to our members,” he says. “The AIA’s future hinges on supporting the pipeline to the profession. We must actively engage our emerging professionals by supporting their professional development, and [empowering] them to become leaders in the AIA. We have a great opportunity before us to be the change we want to see, and to become an exceptional association. This change begins with, and is driven by, the members through our components [and] supported by our CACE representatives, making us relevant to our members.”

Padilla attended San Antonio College and the University of Houston. Additionally, he is a current member of the Santa Fe Community Development Commission and the Santa Fe Planning Commission.

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