What's next...a Center for Architecture

As we come to the end of one year and near the beginning of another wrought already with dire economic predictions and cutbacks in capital spending by many of our clients, one has to wonder what is on the horizon for the architect. How does our profession cope with the uncertain market condition and the general lack of confidence in the future? Lead! Charge ahead!

As architects, let’s use this time to develop a place that exposes the possibilities for change and has the potential to help us redefine our community. Lead thought, prove our theories, clear the way for prosperity, and help our audience experience first-hand the power of great design.  Let’s develop a center for architecture right here, right now.

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2009: Diversity of Practice

For the 2009 AIA Columbus year, we have selected to utilize our monthly meetings to focus on the diverse and expanding role of the architect.  Believe it or not, most graduates from architecture programs of study are not practicing in the traditional manner. Really.  Think about it.  We represent owner’s interests, we design products, we take on project management roles, we build and construct, we consult regarding sustainability, we teach, we develop, and we design.  The profession is diverse.  And our culture demands that we stand up and embrace the evolving role of the architect.  We are many things, let’s celebrate it.

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One step at a time, with a little help from you

by Timothy Hawk, AIA - 2009 AIA Columbus President 

As we enter Spring, all kinds of new activities are popping up around the AIA Columbus office.  And, there is plenty of room for your volunteer support of the Chapter’s new endeavors.
Most of you are aware that the chapter board of directors has taken action towards the creation of a new Center for Architecture.  As a part of this process, there are several task forces working towards the goal of a new, fully functioning Center for Architecture.  Believe me, this endeavor is going to take some time, and it will take the support of many of you as volunteers as well.  The journey has just begun and there is a lot of opportunity for you to help shape this new place...a place that will serve to represent all of us, collectively.
So, what has been done so far and what is left to do?

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"Up the Service - Up the Value"

July President's Blog
by Peter S. Macrae, AIA
2010 AIA Columbus Chapter President

In these challenging economic times, nothing is more important to an Architectural firm than retaining and nurturing our current clients. Long term relationships are the lifeblood of our industry…we depend on the loyalty of our existing client base to sustain us and therefore, we want to do whatever we can to increase our value quotient in their eyes. AIA firms must strive to understand their clients’ businesses so that the facilities that we design on their behalf serve to augment their business goals and objectives. We must focus on achieving results and demonstrating increased efficiency and profits on their behalf.

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