President’s Message – January, 2020

Welcome to a new year, and a new decade!  While 2020 is often associated with hindsight, we at AIA Maryland are looking toward the future.   2020 will mark the release of AIA Maryland’s newest Strategic Plan.  Be sure to check your mailbox in February for a mailer outlining the strategic plan with more information to follow on our website.

This year, as with those that have preceded it, AIA Maryland will continue to be the Voice of the profession within our state.  Nowhere is that more relevant than during the Maryland legislative session.  Bills are being proposed in both the House and the Senate, and we are monitoring those bills that affect the profession, the health, safety, and welfare of Maryland residents, and those that deal with equality in the built environment.  Often, we are asked for guidance on these bills, either for or against.  Being a resource for our legislators has come from years of commitment to providing our professional insight on those issues that affect our state.  Additionally, our annual Legislative Lunch continues this year on February 6th.  This event has garnered even more attention for AIA Maryland and the big issues we are getting behind.  If you are interested in attending, please reach out to our Executive Director Sandi Worthman for more information.

We also realize the Value that AIA Maryland brings to our members by creating a connected network between ourselves, students, and the public.  Support and promotion for our members and the next generation of architects can only serve to elevate our profession’s already high standing.

2020 will be another year where support for our local components is a top priority.  Each component, Baltimore, Chesapeake Bay, and Potomac Valley, provides our members with immense resources, valuable learning opportunities, and events that are second to none.  AIA Maryland’s Viability is, in large part, connected to that of our local components and we will continue to strengthen those relationships.

Lastly, having been on the AIA Maryland Board for the last three years and having been President of AIA Chesapeake Bay for the last two years, I’ve worked hand in hand with many great men and women that volunteer their time for our profession.  I am excited to be your President and I believe that together 2020 will be our best year yet.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of AIA Maryland, I wish all of our members a successful 2020!