Dear members,

Happy new year! I look forward to serving as the 2018 AIA Colorado Board President and supporting all of you, my colleagues, in designing a better world where we all can live, work and play.Carl Hole

I joined the AIA Colorado board because I believe in getting involved. I know that being a member of AIA Colorado means having a network of inspiring, hard-working architects who are dedicated to strengthening our communities through quality design. And I know that by volunteering as board president, I am helping to shape and grow our profession.

I hope you’ve had a chance to look at the 2017 AIA Colorado annual report [LINK] and to reflect on our accomplishments as architects and advocates for the profession.

In 2017, we successfully influenced public policy, continued to communicate the value of quality design to the public and provided members with access to professional development and resources.

Building upon that momentum, we’ve launched into our 2018 workplan, which was developed by incorporating member feedback and scanning the environment for economic and demographic changes in Colorado and beyond.

 You’ll notice that we will be focusing on several initiatives throughout the year:

  1. Promoting licensure and career advancement

  2. Preparing architects to design resilient buildings and communities built to last through the 21st century

  3. Fortifying tomorrow’s prosperous Colorado architecture firms

Through these initiatives, we’ll celebrate our members’ exemplary work, their career progression and their commitment to the profession. We’ll prepare the next generation of licensed architects and advocate for sensible public policies. We’ll support our members in designing places that are built to last and positively impact communities. And we’ll connect members with each other and with resources, professional development and leadership programs that will propel architecture into the future.

You’ll have the opportunity to connect through celebrated programs like the Practice + Design Conference, group mentorship, the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program and design awards. You’ll also have the opportunity to engage in new offerings like a business practice series, committees and task forces and more.

I encourage you to get involved and share your perspective. Help us to grow and innovate by joining a task force or committee, attending the Practice + Design Conference or by acting as a citizen architect and joining a board or commission.

As your president, I hope to engage with each of you and work together to communicate the value of architecture and the AIA credential.

Sincerely,

Carl Hole, AIA

Principal, Public Sector Studio Leader at RNL (now part of Stantec)