First Quarter Update

By Zachary Taylor, AIA; 2019 AIA Colorado Board President

Zach-1_small for webI joined the AIA Colorado board because I believe you get out what you put in. I know that as an AIA Colorado member, I am surrounded by a network of hard-working, innovative professionals who share a passion for design, a conviction that it matters and a commitment to improving lives through their work. And I know that by volunteering as board president, I am helping to shape and grow our profession.

It is an exciting time to serve in this role, because this year we are especially focused on laying the foundation for the future of the architecture profession and this organization.

As we approach the end of the first quarter of 2019, I want to let you know about the initiatives the board has been focused on.

Executive Search

Since Cathy Rosset’s departure in late 2018, we have been engaged in a national search process for a new executive to lead AIA Colorado.

We know that our world and the architecture profession are rapidly changing. Because of that, we’re eager to find a CEO who can build upon our more-than-125-year legacy in an innovative way to strengthen architects’ role in Colorado. So far in the search process, we’ve found extremely competitive candidates who will surely support and propel our membership into the future. We hope to have a finalist very soon and will notify members as soon as we do.

Advocating for the Profession

To be prepared for the future, we must always be aware of legislation that may directly or indirectly affect the design and construction industry.

Every year, the AIA Colorado Government Affairs Committee reviews more than 300 proposed bills. If there is something that could affect architects in Colorado, the committee recommends taking a position to the Board of Directors. Historically, this process has helped us defend our license and make significant strides in construction defects issues.

So far this year, the committee has not yet recommended action for or against a bill, though there are a few in the early congressional stages they are tracking closely. Our committee members will continue to monitor until the legislative session ends in May.

Resources & Programs for the Future

One of AIA Colorado’s primary goals is to help advance the profession through programs and resources. This year, we have a robust mix of programs scheduled to train future leaders of the architecture community.

You should have recently received a postcard outlining dates and deadlines of our major programs. This was meant to provide an overview of the year but be sure to frequently check for updated details.

A few of the programs we’re most excited about:

  • Our new pilot program, Local Connect, enables members to organize and host opportunities to network and learn with architects in their local area throughout the state.
  • The second year of the Business of Architecture Series, beginning in June, will equip mid-career professionals with the skills they need to lead prosperous firms. This program received rave reviews in 2018, and even received a grant from AIA National.
  • From February through June, we have a variety of sessions, which will teach members the latest in designing buildings that have a positive influence on human and environmental health.
  • The Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program and Emerging Professionals Bootcamps help young architects and associate develop as leaders and learn strategies for being successful in the profession. The 2019 application will open in mid-summer.
  • Our annual Practice + Design Conference will take place October 31-November 2 with the theme “Future Forward.” During this celebrated event, we’ll dive into the new technologies and strategies that are transforming the work we do every day. If you or someone you know might be a good speaker for the conference, apply here by May 17.