Hello and welcome to 2018 everyone! I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to follow a long line of unparalleled leadership for the architecture profession, as your 2018 AIA California Council president. This year we have many challenges and opportunities facing us as a profession, and a nation. I truly believe that by working together in a focused, hands-on way, at a grassroots, ground-up level, that we, in California, will continue to lead with real progress for the importance of design in building a better world, throughout our state, and beyond.
2017 was an unprecedented year of community-scale disasters, with unimaginable wildfires, floods, and now mudslides as we enter 2018. Architects and the AIA have stepped up to provide disaster assistance throughout the state; to provide important educational materials to homeowners; and to provide certified training. Read more about these efforts in recent AIACC online posts .
Under the leadership of 2017 AIACC president, Jana Itzen, AIA, 2017 also proved to be a year of many successes for the AIACC and its members. We saw the most highly-attended Monterey Design Conference in its 42-year history; had success in the legislature with the SB 496 limitation of some architects’ indemnification obligations; held a dynamic, future-thinking hackathon with the Board of Directors; held successful Healthcare Facilities Forum, AEP Roadshows, Firm Roundtables and Design Award programs; and completed the national search and hiring process for a new Executive Vice President. To name just a few.
Last year the AIACC Board also worked very hard to update the Strategic Plan and Operating plan, ensuring alignment between our strategic goals to Share Knowledge, Advocate and Collaborate, and Advance the Future, and our 2018 programs and budget.
This strategic planning effort also identified several key issues facing architects in California today, which I have distilled into a “2018 Top Ten” list, in (mostly) alphabetical order. These slides highlight these top ten issues, and overview how the AIACC is, and will be, taking action to address them:
▪ Electing More Citizen Architects
▪ Firm Equity and Diversity
▪ Leading Solutions to the Housing Crisis
▪ Legislative & Regulatory Advocacy and Influence
▪ More K-12 Interaction
▪ Net-Zero Energy Leadership
▪ Prosperity in Practice
▪ Resilient Design and Disaster Assistance
▪ Empower Future Architects
▪ Communicate and Collaborate (within and outside the AIA)
It is said that as the AIA in California goes, so goes the nation. By working together across our nearly 11,000 members; 22 chapters; 59 board members; and 14 staff members, I will be providing monthly blog updates throughout the year. Success relies on each of us actively contributing to efforts we believe in. I look forward to all that we can accomplish, together!
Britt Lindberg, AIA, LEED AP