January and the New Year is often seen as a point of beginning, a fresh start and a look ahead with optimism about the future…
Okay, while it’s kind of fun to think about for a moment, my pragmatic side quickly moves to a continuation of our efforts of the past few years. There is much to look forward to but it’s not just the arrival of a new calendar, it’s all about building on our momentum. I feel (along with many others, I believe) extremely fortunate to be a part of this Chapter and the renewed energy that has come about over the past few years. We have a unique collection of remarkable individuals here and I encourage all to participate. It is truly a pleasurable and valuable experience.
That being said, we do have a couple of specific areas of focus that I believe will contribute to our past efforts and serve to enrich our regional environment:
Promotion of Design as a Necessary Component of the Built Environment – Architects are uniquely positioned to lead the design and construction process of projects to ensure that goals of sustainability, efficiency and construct-ability are achieved while elevating the human condition. Few people outside of our profession understand this, leaving only ourselves to speak up for the value that we can collectively provide.
Support for Development of a Regional School of Architecture - A daunting task to be sure, but certainly a worthwhile goal. Many prospective students are turned away from the profession because of the lack of space within current State programs. Northern California is even further behind other areas of the State in this regard. We are excited to be redoubling our efforts with a working group that includes AIA Central Valley members, Doug McCauley (AIACV member and California Architects Board Executive Officer) and the AIA California Council to make the dream of a regional school a reality.
Repositioning – As AIA National works through the intricacies of this effort we will continue to look for opportunities to voice our thoughts and shape new policies.
Architecture Festival – Of course we fully intend to continue to find ways to improve our annual fall Architecture Festival, as well as our current educational and networking programs and look forward to continuing to build new alliances and relationships with related organizations.
Many thanks to our now past-president Robert Chase, AIA and departing Associate Director Chris Brown, Associate AIA for their vast contributions and energy. Many, many thanks to our departing Allied and Public Directors Marq Truscott, FASLA and Richard Rich, respectively, for contributing an impressive amount of time and talent to our organization and frankly, for putting up with us. That can’t be easy…
Finally, I would like to welcome our new Board members: Director Ed Mojica, AIA and Associate Director Laura Wood, Associate AIA, as well as Allied Director Carol Parra-Little of Corporate Design Group.
For those of you that would like to get more involved please let me know. We will gladly find a role for you within the Chapter that fits your interests and expertise. Cheers!
Kristopher Barkley, AIA, 2014 Chapter President