Notes From the 2nd Floor

Change: The Positive Truth

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Change: based on circumstances, a word that either terrifies or excites. Usually however, it happens with little rippling effect. Like moss on a rock, not noticed yesterday, but today, there it is. For most, change is welcome if we find …

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Attitudes, Opinion, Perceptions

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Paul W. Welch, Jr., Hon. AIA

Throughout my career with the AIACC, I have been continually prompted by the need to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of architects and architecture. During many of my outreach efforts with state and …

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AIA Attitude: Keep it Positive

notes600This week, volunteer leaders from AIA chapters across the America and internationally convene in Washington DC for AIA’s Annual Grassroots Conference. For a few days, except for a few interruptions, they are free from chasing projects, navigating the challenges of …

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Chapters: Possibilities at Risk

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The previous issue of Notes from the Second Floor began the conversation of “One AIA.” This issue continues the discussion and focuses on the AIA chapters, and the challenges facing chapter executive directors. If working better together is an expected …

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Emerging Professionals

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Inconvenient Truths

Empowering emerging professionals for practice and prosperity is one of the cornerstones of the AIA’s Repositioning Initiative (video proof of this: AIA posted a summary). While it is a common refrain within many component long-range and strategic …

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Stay Focused

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Imperative in Moments of Great Change

The previous issue of “Notes from the Second Floor” focused (pun intended) on the AIA’s Repositioning Initiative, a major project designed to retool and reorganize the organization so that it remains relevant to members …

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AIA’s Repositioning Initiative

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A Promise of Essential Transformation

Seldom in my experience has the profession faced so many challenges. Perhaps as a consequence of a desperate economy, the value of design is increasingly marginalized as evidenced by the plethora of unfunded design competitions, …

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Episode 3: Procurement

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In episode 3, Paul discusses public procurement of design services and what it means to architects. This is the first episode in a series on this important topic.

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Episode 2: Convention Wrap-up

Welcome to the Second Floor. Here you will gain insight by watching snippets of conversations had with AIA California Council’s Executive Vice President, Paul Welch, Jr. The intention is to bring observation, articulate enigmas, and give more detailed commentary on …

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Episode 1: Welcome

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Welcome to the Second Floor.

Here you will gain insight by watching snippets of conversations had with AIA California Council’s Executive Vice President, Paul Welch. The intention is to bring observation, articulate enigmas, and give more detailed commentary on timely …

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