AIA Wisconsin President's Report
Many architects share an understanding of our planet that is comparable to that of our Native American colleagues: “Today’s generation is borrowing this earth from their children.”
In 1969, Wisconsin U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson announced an idea for a “national teach-in on the environment.” Today, as I reflect on the true meaning of Earth Day, I think about the commitment architects make to deliver quality environments and buildings that work for everyone and for future generations. As architects, we share a passionate resolve for “good design” and improving the places where people engage every day.
This first quarter of my term as your president has been eventful and indicative of what’s trending to be a remarkable year. The commitment of members like you to making this world a better place is the very commitment that drives us to be “champions” for our profession in diverse and unique ways . . .
It’s not easy – it’s work.
It’s hard work – it’s worthwhile
It’s earnest – it’s infectious
It’s time to commit – commit across boundaries
It’s time to recognize our challenges – celebrate our differences
It’s leading by design – it’s committing to lead.
In March, I had the privilege of attending the national AIA Grassroots leadership conference in Washington, DC, with state and local AIA leaders from across Wisconsin and the country. While much has changed since my first AIA Grassroots in the 1990s, I believe that our profession has endured and matured and remains very relevant.
It is essential that architects step up and speak up as we strive to anticipate the needs of our clients, our economy and our society and continue to lead by design. For our future, it’s important we address the challenges facing our world, our regions, our cities and our neighborhoods. As AIA First Vice President Carl Elefante, FAIA, put it at Grassroots 2017, “It begins here. It begins now!”
It is essential that architects step up and speak up as we strive to anticipate the needs of our clients, our economy and our society and continue to lead by design.
Later this month, I will be representing AIA Wisconsin members at the national AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando. One of the highlights of this year’s conference will be celebrating the elevation of two AIA Wisconsin members to the AIA College of Fellows. Congratulations to Lisa Kennedy, FAIA, and Kurt Spiering, FAIA, for this recognition of their significant contributions to advancing our profession!
In May, we will be hosting the 2017 AIA Wisconsin Conference on Architecture in Madison. Commit is a perfect theme for this valuable annual opportunity to gather, network, share and learn about emerging design and practice topics.
Commit to learning more about how you can make a difference in your career, your practice, your profession and your community by participating in this year’s conference. I look forward to seeing you at Monona Terrace on May 17 & 18!