What some of you may not be aware of is the behind the scenes work that the AIA does to help to provide support, knowledge and advocacy for our profession, both at the local, state and national levels.
Recently, the AIA-SWO formed the Eugene/Springfield CoLA, Committee on Local Affairs, for the chapter. The mission is for the committee to publicly represent the professionally informed opinion of the chapter on topics of community-wide importance. By doing so, the committee hopes to elevate the stature and visibility of architects in general by representing design professionals as active, organized, and concerned public citizens. CoLA takes an activist posture, engaging design-related issues in the glare of the public eye. Their work is important and I want to bring to light their efforts. Specifically, their recent letter to the Mayor and City council on the South Willamette Area Planning. Please see the letter HERE. I think this is a great letter and support their words and message. I hope you have a moment to read their letter.
I bring this up for a few reasons:
- Next year as President, my goal is to highlight and encourage advocacy among the profession and inspire design excellence among the community.
- I want to encourage membership participation among our profession by showing another facet of the AIA membership and many benefits.
- I want to support the efforts of the committee. I think they deserve acknowledgement for their time and investment to make a difference in this community and for their elegant representation of our profession.
I hope you take time read the letter and consider ways for you to advocate for our profession or your passions in your local areas. I ask that you consider joining the AIA, if you are not already a member, and if you are, consider firing up your participation level and helping CoLA, your own local CoLA, and the chapter to have a strong presence and voice yourcommunities. Our area is changing and has so many great characteristics to encourage, I ask for your help in this matter and appreciate your time and perspective.
Katie D. Hall, AIA, NCARB
Email Katie (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in participating on the AIA-SWO Board or in other leadership opportunities with the chapter.