Greetings AIA Birmingham,
I would like to thank our membership for the opportunity to serve as your president this year. It is an honor to lead this chapter, and to do so alongside such a strong Executive Committee makes it a pleasure as well. AIA Birmingham has so many irons in the fire for 2022 and beyond. Many of the things we are working on now have been building under our leadership over the last few years, and I am so excited to see these efforts come to fruition as we emerge from the fog of the pandemic with renewed energy and purpose.
Our Executive Committee has framed our plans for the year in keeping with our AIA Birmingham Mission Statement:
“AIA Birmingham’s primary goal is to provide support to our members. We advocate for the value of architecture and give architects the resources they need to do their best work. Our work should drive positive change through the power of design.”
We want to support your goals and interests.
Please continue to share your expertise with our group and let us help promote it! We have put out a call out for nominations for presentations, please answer it. Self-nominate or nominate your friends and colleagues. This is a way we can build up our membership, providing an opportunity to hone the presentation skills of our members, as well as share our members’ expertise with our community. I am constantly impressed with the knowledge and experience of the Architects in our chapter. For a tight knit community, we have a lot of various experts in our field.
We want to make living and working in our community better.
AIA Birmingham has several special initiatives happening already this year. We are advocating at the local leadership level, making plans to represent our profession at the World Games, and we are building off the momentum of the ACFA’s Evicted exhibit to address the needs of our community through the expertise of our members. These are really exciting conversations we are having and there are lots of places for our membership to plug into these efforts and get involved in making action happen. Just raise your hand.
In addition, planning for all our favorite parts of the AIA Birmingham Calendar are still ongoing…
Interesting Chapter Meetings and HSWs, a Healthcare Symposium in August, Dream Architecture (ACFA), Design Awards, the Emerging Professionals group has fantastic site visits open to all members and a new plan for study sessions, and Women in Architecture will be back soon!
So much programming is happening to bring value to our architects and our community as a whole. None of this would be possible without the support of our members, sponsors, and unfailing executive leadership by Karma and Rhea Williams. When you see Rhea, her head might be spinning, but we are all smiling…I hope you will join us.
Laura Bartlett, AIA
AIA Birmingham Chapter President 2022