Why AIA?

A Message from Our President

2014

Hello Everyone,

In January, I typically write to inform you of the current organizational priorities, while reminding you of both the value of membership and the educational opportunities that will be offered in the coming year. The AIA Central Jersey Chapter has about 517 members and about 700 email addresses within our database. You are 1 out of about 250 people who are actually reading this email. You might be 1 of 50 who attend our monthly continuing education seminars.

Although the lack of active membership is not unique to our Chapter, the Board is still required to take inventory and determine what we can do to make these numbers better, and, more importantly, provide you with the resources needed to grow within the profession along with the tools to encourage others to do the same. To this end, there have been several discussions (at the state and local levels) focused around the value of membership, organizational structure, services and the way we disseminate information.
Our membership has decreased over the last 5 years as many of our fellow architects, designers and allied professionals are still finding themselves underemployed or unemployed. Although the economy is somewhat better today than it was a few years ago, many members are still struggling to make ends meet never mind keeping up with the professional licensure and accreditation.

The Chapter is at a crossroads and looking for ways to infuse something different in 2014. This requires a collaborative effort of evaluating what is working and what is not. Now is the time for you to become more involved. The board is hoping to grow and become more diversified. We are in search of enthusiastic members who are looking to become more involved.

In the coming months, we will change the way we announce events and communicate with you. We will also vary the types of events offered including building tours. In addition to our website, Meetup.com will also be used. By using social media, we will broaden our network and allow members to share events, news and opportunities with one another easily and efficiently. The board hopes that this reinforces the sense of community among us by encouraging collaboration and communication.

More information about Meetup.com will be provided in a follow-up email announcing the March 11th dinner meeting.

This year is about transition and we hope that you find it as exciting as I do.

Sincerely,

Donna Terzano, AIA, NCARB, LEED BD+C
2014 Central NJ AIA President
dxtarchitect@aol.com