August 31, 2019

A’19 Candidate Speech: Las Vegas – June 5, 2019.

I am always asked where are you from – England – but today, I’d like to be asked where are we heading.  We’re going to be the AIA that tells stories about the value architects bring, like never before. We’ll position ourselves as the leaders solving challenges that face our communities, humanity and the planet.  And AIA will look like …

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March 4, 2019

Work Life Balance

Candidates for the office of the President of the AIA are often asked how they plan to dedicate a year of their lives to serving the Institute at this level. I’ve asked myself this question. I spend one third of my life in practice with Architecture Is Fun. I spend another third teaching, and mentoring the next generation of architects. …

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February 15, 2019

On Resilience…

Today’s architects are on the front end of rising to the challenge of issues like climate change and affordable housing. For us it’s a personal issue, not a problem to pass on to our children or grandchildren.  Architects can build resilient communities for future generations. It’s time to bring our best practices to the table where decisions are being made. …

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February 5, 2019

Everyone. At the table.

The quality of architecture correlates with the quality of life in our communities. Our practices need to mirror the communities in which we all work, and we need to work with all communities. At A’17, First Lady Michelle Obama challenged us to be mentors, and to set an example… “You can’t be an architect, if you don’t know what an …

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