A strong State Architect is critical to the future economic success of California. Whether you are engaged in the school construction process or not, the State Architect is a vital participant in rebuilding the state’s economy as we seek to provide jobs, improve our worn out infrastructure, house our growing population and preserving our natural resources.
Recent investigations into the seismic safety and delivery of California’s schools coupled with the current economic climate have raised interest by the Brown Administration in addressing key issues facing the Division of the State Architect (DSA). As part of our ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of the profession, the AIACC has invested significant time and resources in developing a vision for a reinvigorated DSA. At the core of this new model is a collaborative approach, bringing together all the parties involved in the design and construction industry, facilitating a cooperative response to the critical issues effecting California. However, this is just one step in creating a more effective agency; critical to its success is a strong leader.
Governor Brown is taking a personal interest in the next State Architect and has asked the AIACC to nominate candidates for consideration. The Administration is looking for diverse candidates (ethnicity, gender and geographically (Northern and Southern California) and someone who is a visionary; a creative thinker who seeks creative solutions to our built environment related problems.
The AIACC has established a task group to vet candidates for consideration. They have also developed the following list of attributes, qualifications, and qualities and believe the ideal candidate for the position of California State Architect must possess:
- A strong leader (a hands-on, make it happen person)
- Politically astute (understands the role and responsibilities of both the position of State Architect, and the Division of the State Architect)
- Problem solver (recognizes issues and finds ways for improvement and/or change, visionary)
- Possess the ability to work within the current system (finds ways to improve it using what already exists, and not be openly critical)
- Has an ability to collaboratively work with people
- Exudes confidence
- Be open and transparent
- Knowledgeable on the social aspects of environmental and energy issues
We know this is a tall order for anyone to fill, and while many Californians are frustrated with the sometimes onerous, bureaucratic nature of government, the AIACC is working on your behalf to offer solutions and ensure architects are part of the dialogue. The AIACC stands ready to assist the next State Architect and the Administration in solving the complex problems facing our state and your investment in the AIACC has made this possible.
Questions regarding DSA or this process? Contact Kurt Cooknick, Assoc. AIA, Director of Regulatory Affairs