Three new leaders elected at AIA Conference on Architecture 2017

William J. Bates, FAIA

William J. Bates, FAIA, from AIA Pittsburgh/AIA Pennsylvania, was elected 2018 First Vice President/2019 President-elect.

The 2019 President-elect, the 2018-2019 Treasurer, and an At-large Director were elected in Orlando

Three new leaders were elected at AIA's Conference on Architecture 2017, including the 2019 President-elect.

2018 First Vice President/2019 President-elect

William J. Bates, FAIA, from AIA Pittsburgh/AIA Pennsylvania, was elected 2018 First Vice President/2019 President-elect.

He has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2011, along with stints as a vice president and the chair of the Board Community Committee from 2015-2016. In 1991 and again in 2010 he served as president of AIA Pennsylvania; he was also president of AIA Pittsburgh in 1987.

"As a profession, we solve our clients’ problems by listening and synthesizing solutions," he says. "These are the skills that we need to apply internally to make our profession more prosperous and inclusive for the next generation."

The vice president of real estate at Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Inc., and an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University, he received his B.Arch. from the University of Notre Dame and pursued graduate studies in Construction Management at both Pennsylvania State University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

2018-2019 Treasurer

Patrick P. Panetta, AIA, from AIA Phoenix Metro/AIA Arizona, was elected 2018-2019 Treasurer.

He is currently serving as a director of AIA Western Mountain Region and as a member of the AIA Strategic Council; in 2016 he served as the co-chair of the Council's Political Influence Study Group. He is also a member of the AIA Board Finance Committee and the AIA Board Government Advocacy Committee.

"I am enthusiastic about the recent re-organization of Institute expenditures into programmatic portfolios," he says, "and look forward to working closely with Institute staff to monitor and measure the effectiveness of each portfolio, suggesting any changes or modifications to budgeting and spending that might increase the quality and efficient delivery of member services."

The director of real estate project management at Arizona State University, he received his B.Arch. from the University of Miami and his MBA from the University of Arizona.

2018-2020 At-large Director

Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA, from the Boston Society of Architects-AIA/AIA Massachusetts, was elected an At-large Director.

She served as the 2014 President of the Boston Society of Architects and was a member of their Board of Directors from 2009-2015. Her AIA service includes chairing the Equity and Future of Architecture Committee, Equity in Architecture Commission, Continuing Education Committee and as a member of the Culture Collective and Young Architects Forum.

"The AIA was created to support architects as a community of peers and a collective voice in shaping the built environment," she says. "We have the ability, through our day-to-day work as knowledge experts and community members, to testify to and expand the power of design in shaping a better future for all."

A senior associate at Arrowstreet in Boston, she received a B.S. and B.Arch. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Harvard University.

To view the full AIA Board of Directors and Strategic Council, visit aia.org/leadership.

Image credits

William J. Bates, FAIA

Todd Winters

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