Executive Director’s Letter


WOW! Hard to believe that I have been working with you guys (AIA AIA_Jan_14_002Birmingham) for 10 years! So much has changed in the profession over the last 50 years and over the last 10 years. BIM and Revit are the new AutoCAD, design build is common practice these days and owners have access to so much information through the internet (this is both good and bad).

One challenge has not changed over the last 50 years… communicating the VALUE of an architect to the public. Architects are problem solvers, and we need to find a way to let the public know how much you can help make their everyday life in the office, home, hospital, school or church a pleasant experience.

I had no idea 10 years ago what a HUGE impact an architect makes on my day to day life, or the commitment you all make to your profession– years of education (5 years), internship (5600 professional development hours), 7 architect registration exams, 12 hours of health, safety and welfare continuing education (yearly) and keeping your license renewed in each state you practice. Oh, and did I mention ALL THE LIABILITY architects have on each project??

I have asked so many architects WHY DID YOU CHOOSE ARCHITECTURE? And they all reply, “I cannot imagine doing anything else; I love architecture and solving problems.”

And that is why we need to communicate the VALUE of an ARCHITECT in 2017. You are problem solvers who love what you do and care about the health, safety and welfare of the public.

Keep making a difference, and soon everyone will notice and want to buy my t-shirt.


Sincerely and PEACE,




Rhéa Williams
Executive Director