Last week, over 700 leaders from AIA chapters across the country converged in Washington D.C. for the annual AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference, designed to advance the collective skills of the AIA’s volunteer leaders.
The 2012 Grassroots theme, LEADERSHIP ADVOCACY COMMUNICATION, empowered leaders to increase public awareness of the value of architecture and the important role architects play as stewards of the built environment. This year’s programming supported the theme with actionable programs, inspirational speakers, and opportunities to network and share with colleagues as component leaders and “citizen architects.”
Mickey Jacob, FAIA, 2012 Grassroots Conference Chair, led the event with passion and inspiration, inviting colleagues to “come as you are and leave inspired.” He also challenged attendees to embrace the opportunity to build our collective component network and become skilled advocates for the profession. “We know design touches everyone. Design provides us with the ability to enhance the basic needs of the built environment and just as importantly defines the values of our culture. The challenge for us as leaders in the AIA is to be the vocal and thoughtful advocates in the public domain to implement those values for more healthy, productive, safe, and livable communities. To do so as leaders, we must broaden the public awareness of the importance of architecture. Our leadership, our advocacy, and our effective communication are the tools through which we can broaden an appreciation of the value of what we do to design and build more livable, sustainable communities.”
Nearly 100 Californians representing 18 of the 22 AIA chapters in California were in attendance. Click below for a slideshow of selected images, captured by your colleagues.