What Does the AIACC Do For Me?

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As a member of the AIA, you receive benefits at the local, state, and national levels. It is probably easy for you to quantify what you received from your local chapter…but maybe it is more challenging to relate to the work in Sacramento on your behalf. Rest assured, the AIACC isn’t resting on past accomplishments…2012 promises to be a busy year as we work to advance the value of design, reclaim the role of architect as “trusted advisor” and look forward. Through proactive advocacy initiatives, new and innovative programs, and increased communications, we are actively engaged in positioning architects to be successful. Check out the 2012 Operating Plan for specific details.

Below are five important things the AIACC did for you as a member in 2011:

  1. We created a vision for the Division of the State Architect (DSA) which will allow the State of California to assume a leadership role in the thoughtful development of the built environment.

    What does this mean to me as a member?
    At the highest level of California state government, the AIACC is actively advocating for architects and architecture and the important role design plays in helping solve challenges facing California.

  2. We sponsored legislation, AB 560, which was signed into law by Governor Brown. AB 560 extends the sunset date on the law that allows architectural firms to be organized as Limited Liability Partnerships by seven years, and it does not increase the amount of professional liability insurance architectural LLPs must carry.

    What does this mean to me as a member?
    This law continues to allow architects diversity in how they choose to set up their corporate structure for practice.
    We increased opportunities for member engagement on the website and through social media outlets.

  3. What does this mean to me as a member?
    With all the changes in technology and all the options available to connect to various groups, it is vital to maintain connections within the profession, to build communities, and to stay engaged during these challenging times. Follow us on Twitter at #aiacc.
    We increased online continuing education. In addition to providing online courses to help architects fulfill their CE requirements for licensure, for the first time we also filmed the presentations from MDC, which are available at www.aecknowledge.com
  4. What does this mean to me as a member?
    We provide low cost, high-quality continuing education when you are ready for it – 24/7/365.
  5. The AIACC held the first Architectural Education Summit. This initiative brought together a diverse group of stakeholders for a strategic planning session, which resulted in a five-year initiative to bridge the gap between architectural education and practice within California.

    What does this mean to me as a member?
    Your professional organization is concerned about the apparent disconnect between what is taught in architecture school and what is needed in practice. Further, the decline in licensees and the lack of new architects entering the profession is of great concern; during this summit, these issues were discussed as part of the larger initiative to ensure the health of the profession.

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Nicki Dennis Stephens

Nicki Dennis Stephens is the Senior Director for The American Institute of Architects, California Council. Focusing on expanding the value of architects and architecture, Nicki is dedicated to serving the needs of members and AIA components throughout California.

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