Miguel Castellanos, AIA
AIA Golden Empire
This year, as your president, I had the privilege of attending the AIA National Convention in Atlanta, GA. The theme of the conference was “Impact!” – alluding to the intent of the Institute to ensure that architects and their contributions to society and the built environment be known and recognized by the public in general. As is the norm, there were many opportunities to attend educational lectures, workshops and tours. There were also prestigious keynote speakers, such as former President, Bill Clinton who spoke about his foundation, The Clinton Foundation, as well as the importance of the contributions of architects in the built environment. Certain subjects seem to be of more prominence at each convention. This year, there was a lot of interest diversity in architecture – gender, racial, and minority in general – and promotion of the Institute to recent graduates for associate recruitment. Repositioning of the AIA is still a fresh topic as well.
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