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President’s Message

Jacob D. Rivalsi, AIA


The practice of architecture is an inherently a cooperative process.

We work for the client, who brings their needs and vision.

We work with other professionals and tradesmen, to create something tangible.

We work on behalf of the end-user, to ensure our efforts serves them, now and into the future.

Being an active member of the American Institute of Architects is also a cooperative process.

We work for our members, who bring their needs and vision.

We work with our fellow members, to create the tangible benefits, we all share.

We work on behalf of our members, to ensure the institute serves them, now and into the future.

As a member of the AIA; we are the client, we are the creators, and we are the end-user.

This is why, your input, your participation, and your fulfilment, as a member, are essential to the success of the chapter.

The AIA Long Island Chapter has a long and rich history.  

We have worked to fulfil the mission and vision of the chapter, as it was laid out by our predecessors.

However our institute, as well as our profession, are continually evolving.

So we must continually reexamine our mission, to ensure we are adequately serving our membership.

We value the input of all our members, to ensure we are meeting your needs.

Efforts such as the Government Affairs Committee are an opportunity for all our members to directly participate and to promote the architectural profession.  

The AIA‘s state-wide and local lobbying, puts architects in direct contact with lawmakers, with the intent of proactively shape bills, oppose to reacting to laws.  

Through our collective work, our members act as civic leaders and impact the wider community.

The work of the chapter must be for the betterment of all our members, now and into the future.

Current members can take advantage of our events such as: the Product Fair, the Golf Outing, the Archi Awards, and the regular seminars/meetings.

Looking forward, in the future our chapter will inevitably need to be a younger and more diverse group of architects.  

The Emerging Professionals Committee, and the Woman in Architecture Committee, are focused on serving the next generation of architects, and fostering future participation.

An organization that better reflects our industry and the wider society, will inevitably provide a better more enriching experience, for all our members.

As we go forward, I look forward to working for you, working with you, and working on your behalf.

Please share your vision for our chapter, please participate in our chapter, and please take advantage of all the chapter has to offer.

Thank you for the honor of serving as the chapter president.