Letter from the 2019 AIA Rochester President
2019 President’s Message
First and foremost, thank you for your membership and support for AIA Rochester. It is with great honor and privilege to be serving as President during the chapter’s Centennial Year. I’m humbled to be contributing to our historic organization whose reputation is second to none in the state and beyond. Our success at the AIA NYS Honor Awards last year is evidence of that.
Our Chapter’s history began in 1919 when The Rochester Society of Architects was formed. This marked the city's first professional organization of architects. Since that time, both the city and our profession have seen dramatic change. What has remained consistent however is our tight-knit community of architects who have been determined to advance the profession of architecture here locally and beyond. It is a monumental milestone to celebrate and we intend to do just that!
For the past year the Board of Directors along with the Centennial Committee has been actively and tirelessly planning our Centennial Celebration. Our goal for this has been to develop and program a yearlong celebration aimed at honoring our past while looking towards our future. We've identified several themes for each endeavor we pursue this year:
-Publicize, Celebrate and Educate
-Excite, Engage and Participate
-Honor Past, Present and Future
In addition to these themes, we are also targeting strategic partnerships. These new partnerships are part of an overall public outreach and engagement campaign aimed at increasing our chapter’s exposure and value in the community. Our goal in this is to position ourselves as invaluable thought leaders in our region. The final theme of our Centennial is of course to celebrate! We are, after all, a profession that works hard and plays hard. We plan on using this tremendous occasion to promote our profession while having fun doing so.
Although we have many initiatives planned for next year we have targeted three major events. Please be on the lookout for more information on all of these fantastic signature events:
-Architecture Themed Fashion Show at Fashion Week Rochester
-Major Arts/Architecture Installation Competition at Midtown Commons
-Design Awards Gala and Celebration at Arbor at the Port.
Next year marks another major milestone for AIA Rochester as we transition to a new permanent location. One of the chapter’s goals during AIA National’s repositioning was to reduce our operating costs to offset funding gaps. Moving from the St. Paul Street location was identified as a major opportunity to do so. A wonderful partnership with Monroe County and the Landmark Society of Western New York (LSWNY) allows us to do just that. In spring of 2019, AIA Rochester will move into Warner Castle with LSWNY. The renovated historic landmark in Highland Park will provide the chapter with office and conference space as well as direct partnership with LSWNY. This location will provide us with the necessary resources without major financial burden.
Lastly, and in addition to our ambitious Centennial programming, we will continue our efforts to enhance the quality and value of your membership. We will focus on increasing membership, providing opportunities for growth and education, and tirelessly advocating for the quality of our built environment. AIA Rochester’s most valuable asset is you, the members. I ask that you take ownership of the Centennial events next year and participate as much as possible. The success of all that we do depends on an active and engaged membership.
Please reach out with any and all suggestions or comments.
Get Connected. Get Engaged. Get Ahead.
Jason Streb, AIA
2019 AIA Rochester President