What Is Leadership?

Emerging Professionals Tackle This Big Question

By AIA Pittsburgh Posted on May 17, 2016

“Everyone has the potential to be a leader and everyone should have the opportunity to learn to be an effective leader.” What is Leadership? was the question posed in the AIA Pittsburgh Foundation for Architecture’s essay contest last month. The newly reestablished Foundation is focusing on providing leadership development for architects and emerging professionals, and the organization’s first initiative was to send one individual to AIA Convention, chosen via essay. The above quote is just one line from the award-winning essay written by Jessica Stuck, AIA. Keep scrolling to read Stuck’s entire essay, as well as snippets from the other entries. What Is Leadership? by Jessica Stuck, AIA The definition of leadership is often over-generalized and cliché. Effective leaders can be found in...

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ice Cream Sandwiches

A recap of AIA Convention 2013

By Raymond Bowman Posted on July 11, 2013

Editor’s note: While you may have noticed that Columns has already featured Ray exploring his experiences with the AIA Convention’s Keynote Addresses, we are highlighting him again with a recap of the 2013 National Convention in Denver, where he talks about the classes, the Expo, and the city. Any and all opinions expressed are those solely of the author. Classes The AIA Convention is probably as well-attended as it is primarily because of all of the classes that are offered. Sure the Expo is impressive, the keynotes are inspiring, and the opportunity to network is unmatched by any other event, but the classes are really invaluable. Professional architects need a certain amount of “continuing education credits” (CECs) in order to...

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AIA Convention 2013: Keynotes

By Raymond Bowman Posted on June 25, 2013

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Ray’s personal blog, rmb-design.com, and re-used here with his permission. I recently attended the 2013 AIA National Convention in Denver, Colorado. There’s the giant bear that stands outside the convention center where it was held. I’d like to focus on the keynote speakers and the state of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as it tries to reposition itself to better serve the profession it represents. Thursday’s keynote opened up on a drummer laying down some pretty groovy backbeat. He was later joined by the rest of his band, which turned out to be a 4-piece that covered a song by the band fun.. Then a BMX biker rode down the stairs...

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Interested in Going to Convention?

AIA offers new Young Professional rate

New for 2013, AIA architect and associate members, 40 years of age or younger, can receive a reduced registration rate of almost 30 percent off. This promotion is restricted to the first 700 members who meet age and membership criteria and complete their registration. Convention registration includes most education seminars, entrance to AIA Expo2013, and the three keynote presentations. Preconvention workshops, educational tours, and networking/business events are available at an additional cost. The 2013 AIA National Convention will be held in Denver, Colorado from June 20-22. For more information, go to www.aia.org/convention_reg.

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May @ the AIA

A quick look at AIA events for the month

Ever wonder how the AIA puts your yearly dues to use?  Looking for a way to get involved?  Here’s a brief breakdown of events and opportunities happening this month at the AIA. New Graduate Membership: The AIA offers recent graduates, from accredited schools of architecture, complimentary Associate AIA Membership for up to 18 months.  Click here to download an application.  Join today and become a part of this community.  To hear a message  about the value of AIA Membership from AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA, click here. May 8 – ARE Review Session: “Building Design and Construction Systems”, held at Rothschild Doyno Collaborative Offices at 2847 Penn Avenue in the Strip District. May 10 – Submissions open for PechaKucha Night (PKN)...

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Design Connects: AIA 2012 National Convention

May 17-19, Washington, D.C.

This year’s theme, Design Connects, celebrates the boundless potential the profession of architecture offers when you actively connect – with one another, with your work, and with the community. In response to the pressing issues our world faces today, it is essential that we all reach out to express ideas, exchange perspectives, and expand our network. The National Convention offers the opportunity to expand your knowledge base in a myriad of ways – nearly 200 continuing education sessions to choose from, over 700 exhibitors to visit, architectural  tours, and networking will all enhance your professional development. Join the architectural community from across the country in Washington, D.C. this May to discover what the right connections can do for you. Go...

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