President's Report January 2019
The plaque on my office wall, signed by Governor Tommy Thompson, indicates that I received my architect’s license twenty years ago. Not a long time by some standards – but long enough to pause and reflect on where I worked, the home I lived in, how old my children were at the time, and other details that help mark time and place more fondly then a certificate issued by the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing.
As I think about my career as an Architect over the last twenty years, I may have actually stamped a set of drawings twice, maybe three times at most. Is stamping drawings the measure of accomplishment for an Architect? I hope not. But, in what other ways do Architects leave their mark on society?
This year, the leadership of AIA Wisconsin is focusing on engagement. We have identified five key strategic initiatives for increasing Architectural Engagement, with simple tasks and ideas to enhance membership value. The five areas are: Leadership, Collaboration, Storytelling, Advocacy and Recognition.
We are engaging our young professionals with the new Architect Mentor Program (AMP). We will be engaging our elected officials on February 20 at State Capital Day in Madison. We will be offering an opportunity for you to become more engaged with your peers at the AIA Wisconsin Conference on Architecture on May 8 and 9 at Monona Terrace.
As Architects, we provide so much value to society beyond our daily practice. So, as each of you continue you work hard in these busy professional times, I encourage you to stop for second and reflect on how you are engaged in architecture.
How can you put your stamp on the not just the latest set of drawings on your desk, but also the profession as a whole?
It is this engagement that continues to motivate me. My effort in 2019 includes asking all of us to continue to engage with our communities and to “put our Architect’s stamp” on everything we do.