President’s Message – Sept19

Whoa that went by fast! And as much as I want to hang on to the last bits of summer, I’ve put away the Hawaiian shirts and bathing suits. My summer mindset has passed. The kids are back in school, forging new friendships and figuring out how to relate to new teachers. The choreography of school drop off, after school activities, and sports events means our household has to be coordinated and efficient. And the intensity of our educational projects picks up with faculty back and ready to engage in programming and design input. Fall is a season of community and collaboration.

We have that same mindset at AIA Maryland. I was recently a panelist with Paul Hume of GWWO, Joe Rode of Mullan Contracting and Ken Wingate of North Point Builders for AIA Baltimore/ABC’s ‘When Egos Collide’ discussing how architects and contractors can work better together. This kind of dialogue creates new lines of communication and highlights our symbiotic relationship with our tool wielding friends. September is also the month of AIA Maryland’s annual awards celebration. It’s a chance for our community of architects, students and designers to celebrate the teams that worked together to create significant and transformative projects. I’m very excited because this year, the event will be at the award-winning R House in Hampden. So, mark your calendars for September 26th and buy your tickets now! It will be a cool event in an even cooler space. And finally, October brings about the ultimate collaborative effort as AIA Maryland hosts our annual educator’s forum with faculty and student representatives from all of the statewide post-secondary architecture programs. Year after year, the question we ask ourselves and each other is consistent; ‘how can we best prepare architectural students for the profession, and how can we maximize the emerging professionals’ experience?’, but the conversation that ensues is always passionate and enlightening. I look forward to this annual meeting and know that through dialogue and consensus, we are engaged in a process of continual strengthening of the profession.

I also want to take a moment to thank someone who has been a great collaborator with AIA Maryland. For years Allen Neyman has worked behind the scenes as the treasurer of the Maryland Architects’ PAC. He has been instrumental in building our relationships with legislators in Annapolis to ensure that our voices are heard on issues important to you. Allen decided to step down this past spring, and this summer we welcomed Ted Sheils, who has very graciously volunteered to be our new PAC treasurer. We wish Allen the best and thank him for his years of service to our architectural community.

I hope to celebrate a year of accomplishments with you on September 26th and I want to hear YOUR stories about community and collaboration.