AIA business meeting streamlines organization, advances strategic goals
AIA's annual meeting sparked debate about the Institute’s governance structure, prioritized investment in underserved communities, and emphasized a more diverse pipeline for the profession.
Bylaw Amendment 21-A: The Dissolution of AIA Regions removes a tier of AIA’s currently four-tiered governance system, eliminating regions from the structure. This amendment was supported by AIA’s Board of Directors, which voted unanimously at its December 2020 meeting to move toward a states-based model. The Board hopes that the elimination of this tier will foster a more direct, streamlined connection between the state components and AIA National, allowing for more unified efforts and stronger communications. Bylaw Amendment 21-A passed with 4128 in favor and 685 against.
Bylaw Amendment 21-B: Votes Required for the Election of At-Large Directors recommends that the Bylaws be amended to require that the election of At-large Directors by both the delegates and the Strategic Council be by majority vote, rather than a plurality. A plurality vote only requires that the successful candidate receives the most votes, which may not be the majority of the votes cast. Bylaw Amendment 21-B passed with 4925 in favor and 459 against.
Resolution 21-1: Conduct Research into Investments Made in Underserved Communities, sponsored by AIA Pennsylvania, aims to take a closer look at communities that have historically been underfunded and underserved. Encouraging investment in these communities is integral to promoting greater equity because studies have proven that more minority architects will have projects in these communities. Resolution 21-1 passed with 4498 in favor and 575 against.
Resolution 21-2: The Arch-Elect Initiative, sponsored by AIA Pennsylvania, will provide training and support for members who are running for public office. This initiative will provide detailed resources to recruit, train, and support members in their campaigns for local, state and national elections. This resolution passed with 3748 in favor and 1323 against.
Resolution 21-3: Promotion of the U-Dream Program, sponsored by AIA Pennsylvania, seeks to recreate a program piloted in Pittsburgh from 2009 to 2016 for AIA components across the country. The program had a documented impact of increasing the diversity of the architectural workforce by giving qualified minority candidates meaningful and career-building work experience. This program will provide funding for components to apply for and obtain support to replicate the U-Dream program as a model customizable to their communities. This resolution passed with 3921 in favor and 1310 against.