A Strong Past and a Bright Future
By Eric West, AIA, AIA Minnesota President
Our strategic priorities moving forward are clear: first, to build and mentor the profession; second, to make architecture accessible, understandable, and highly valued.
To truly build and mentor the profession, our personal efforts matter as much as our organizational efforts. Each of us must engage in more inclusive outreach moving forward. Architects will add more value if we reflect and engage socio-economic diversity and address social and gender inequities. Design benefits from a diversity of thought and life experiences. We design better solutions. We create more beautiful and impactful spaces when our teams include and leverage society’s amazing diversity of thought, experience, and perspective.
Our profession is changing. As we face those changes, we can be proactive, relevant and expansive; or we can be reactive and lose relevance. The choice is clear in my mind, but being proactive will require critical and active engagement from every one of our members.
AIA Minnesota is constantly looking for ways to increase the value proposition for our members. Our committees are actively engaged in issues that impact our community, like government relations, the environment, affordable housing, and…the list goes on. We are expanding the impact of our organization through community-based programming like the efforts of Architecture in the Schools committee, and we are having discussions about how that program could lead to a new, public-facing center for architecture. All of this progress is exciting, and I look forward to making AIA Minnesota an even more effective resource to its members.
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