Bylaw Change Notice

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August 5, 2014

Bylaw Changes 

Please read the following proposed changes to our by-laws. Voting will (very briefly) take place at our Annual Membership Meeting held on Wednesday, September 10, 6:00 p.m. at The Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden, Wigle Whiskey’s additional location in Spring Garden.

These proposed changes allow AIA Pittsburgh to have up to three Associate Members on the Board of Directors at any given time. Last year, AIA National changed their by-laws to allow chapters to increase Associate representation on their boards. This provides more flexibility and diverse representation on our board.

6.1 MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 6.11  Membership of the Board of Directors.   
In addition, the head of the Department of Architecture and the president of the student chapter at Carnegie Mellon University, a public director, and the legal counsel of AIA Pittsburgh shall be Directors of the Board ex officio, with rights and privileges as described in Paragraph 6.04 above.  The Public Director shall be a non-architect who is not in any membership category (except Honorary Membership) nor employed by AIA Pittsburgh. The Executive Director shall be a non-voting member of the Board, ex-officio.

Proposed Change:
The Board of Directors shall consist of fourteen (14) chapter directors, each of whom shall be an assigned Architect member of this Chapter, except for at least one but no more than three Associate Directors who should be assigned Associate members of this Chapter. In addition, the head of the Department of Architecture and the president of the student chapter at Carnegie Mellon University, a public director, and the legal counsel of AIA Pittsburgh shall be Directors of the Board ex officio, with rights and privileges as described in Paragraph 6.04 above.  The Public Director shall be a non-architect who is not in any membership category (except Honorary Membership) nor employed by AIA Pittsburgh. The Executive Director shall be a non-voting member of the Board, ex-officio.

6.313  Term of Associate Director. 
The Associate Director shall be appointed by the Board of Directors for a term of one year.

Proposed Change:
6.313  Term of Associate Directors. 
The Associate Directors shall be appointed by the Board of Directors for a term of one year.

 

November 9, 2012

Bylaw Change

There have been profound changes in the profession of architecture over the past decade. By recognizing and embracing these changes, AIA Pittsburgh is constantly working to be a more responsive and effective membership organization for you, our member. To better serve you, we made several significant changes in 2012 to augment the way we do business, including:

  • Redesigning our website to offer timely and relevant news and features: We transitioned from print to the digital version of Columns Magazine, which allows us to provide more frequent and interactive content, in an effort to create and maintain conversations that are germane to our audience and industry.
  • Utilizing a variety of communication methods to reach our membership: We recognize that our membership is broad, representing a wide-range of individuals in all stages of their lives and careers, necessitating that the same information be delivered in a variety of ways. Therefore, we revamped eColumns, our established weekly e-newsletter, to complement the new website and streamline content, and also heavily focused our efforts on social media through Linked In, Facebook and Twitter. In addition to AIA Pittsburgh’s Facebook page, several of our committees, programs, knowledge communities and members maintain pages as well, which can be found through our page and on our website.
  • Providing our members with an opportunity for open and interactive dialogue: In the past, our Annual Membership Meeting was lacking. You told us it did not give you an opportunity to discuss the really important things that were going on within the profession. We heard you. During this year’s annual meeting, we did not report to you, but instead used the time to hear about what we could be doing to better help you in the profession.

Moving forward, and in an attempt to be more proactive, responsive, and service-oriented, the Board of Directors would like to further change the way we interact with our membership. It is their desire to take a more grass roots approach by strengthening our committee structure as a way to better serve your needs and to get more continuous input from you. To best accomplish this, the Board of Directors proposes to meet less often as a board, and instead, become members of active committees that meet regularly.

While we would continue to hold our signature programs and events – Build Pittsburgh, Design Pittsburgh, the Annual Meeting, and our annual President’s Holiday Party, committee activities, along with our many communication channels, would replace the need for regular “member” meetings, as outlined in the by-laws, written over 15 years ago at a time when we conducted business very differently.

To best serve the members’ needs, it is crucial that we have member participation. We plan to briefly present each committee, its leaders and goals at the Annual Meeting and encourage each of you to become involved. We think you will not only gain professionally through this ground-level engagement with the AIA, but you will find that joining a committee is an opportunity to make your voice and ideas heard.

Please read the following proposed changes to our by-laws. Voting will (very briefly) take place at our President’s Holiday Party where the main agenda will be fun. The President’s Holiday Party will be held on Thursday December 6, 6:00 p.m. at Wigle Whiskey in The Strip District.

These proposed changes prescribe a minimum number of meetings for AIA Pittsburgh. They do not preclude AIA Pittsburgh from holding more meetings.

Article 5
Chapter Meetings
5.0 Regular, Annual and Special Meetings
5.02 Regular Meetings. This Chapter shall hold a minimum of three regular meetings in addition to the annual meeting.

Proposed change
5.02 Regular Meetings. This Chapter shall hold a minimum of one regular meeting in addition to the annual meeting.

Article 6
The Board of Directors
6.5 Meetings of the Board of Directors
6.511 The Board of Directors will hold at least ten (10) monthly regular meetings annually at a predetermined time and place.

Proposed Change
6.511 The Board of Directors will hold at least four (4) quarterly meetings annually at a predetermined time and place.