Architectural Engagement 2019

2019

The following are five key strategic initiatives for increasing Architectural Engagement, with simple tasks and ideas to enhance membership value and engagement:

Collaboration

  • Volunteer to be an ambassador for the profession by partnering with UWM SARUP in outreach and recruitment activities at elementary, middle and high schools.
  • Work with the Wisconsin Architects Foundation on its new WAF Research Grant initiative.
  • Set up a sister program like “Terrace Town” at Monona Terrace to introduce architecture and planning to elementary students and teachers in Milwaukee, the Fox Valley and the great Northwest.
  • Attend events by our industry partners like ACEC, AGC, ABC, ASLA, IIDA or other allied organizations.  

Leadership

  • Encourage an emerging professional in your firm to participate in the Architect Mentor Program (AMP).  Share your knowledge and leadership skills by volunteering to speak at one of the sessions for this initiative.
  • Recruit new members to contribute to state and local AIA programs by participating on committees and task forces.  
  • Continue to pursue greater equity, diversity and inclusion within the profession to create a better environment for all.
  • Provide opportunities to emerging professionals within firms by inviting them to participate or bringing them along to an AIA meeting or event.

Storytelling

  • Highlight contributions to the profession and diverse career paths by nominating a peer for the AIA Wisconsin “Member Spotlight” communication feature.
  • Promote AIA events by sharing information about these activities with colleagues through word of mouth, social media and other communication vehicles.
  • Consider utilizing the talent already at work in your firm by posting articles and research, with #AIAW.

Advocacy

  • Invite state legislative, municipal, and other elected leaders to relevant AIA events.
  • Build positive relationship with elected officials and participate in State Capital Day in Madison on February 20.
  • Receive safety-assessment training and volunteer in the AIA Wisconsin Disaster Assistance program.
  • Promote the 2030 Commitment that all new buildings, developments and major renovations shall be carbon-neutral by 2030.
  • Contact your local school district to offer assistance through AIA initiatives to increase school safety by design.

Recognition

  • Encourage participation in the “Citizen Architect” program that recognizes members for their role in improving our communities.
  • Nominate an Emerging Professional in your firm or local AIA section for the AIA Associates or Young Architects Awards.

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