I am honored to be your president for 2017. I have just returned from a trip to Albany to meet the state board and attend a motivational talk. The message was that we are the present stewards of the organization, just placeholders for a short period and we should learn from the past while looking forward to the future, planning for a better more relevant organization.
Many times, I am asked what does the AIA do for me, what do my dues pay for and is there a value there? We have so many programs and issues we are taking up; here are just a few.
We are on track this year for our product fair in early April which is growing in popularity every year. Look for some new programs for continuing education and come and visit the product booths for some new relevant information for your projects. I will be there with all the board members and free lunch.
We have two new board members this year and I warmly welcome Alexander Badalamenti and Kenneth Gehringer to our fold. We are looking for some fresh ideas and new programs to present to you for continuing education credits at our Thursday night meetings. I promise we will do our best to keep you awake with your attention focused.
Lobby Day this year is in early spring and we will send members up to represent our interests to the state lawmakers. We have had some good results in the past lobbying our public officials. There are so many laws being put before the legislators that are not in favor of the architect. For instance do we want interior designers to obtain a license?
We are looking to book some architectural tours either on Long Island or the city again and will post schedules as they evolve.
The national convention is in Orlando in April this year and I will be there to cast our votes for officers.
Summer time will be a golf outing at the country club, sushi, lobster, clams; what more could you ask for? We also present our scholarship award to the young bright emerging architectural students at the affair. We are working with emerging architects offering ARE classes and helping in preparation for the 5.0 new testing.
Later in the year we will have the Archi Awards with some distinguished architects submitting and Iencourage more submissions from smaller firms for more modest projects. You can’t win an Archi if you don’t enter!
On the business end of things, in the transition to the new presidential administration we are looking forward to opportunities in obtaining commissions from the infrastructure rebuilding programs proposed. I am hoping this will keep the construction economy moving along; someone must design the walls.