AIA Memphis Welcomes New Executive Director Amber Lombardo

Submitted by Laura Gray McCann on Tue, 06/30/2020 - 20:46
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As the leader of the state chapter of AIA Mississippi, Lombardo focused on public policy, disaster assistance, and coalition building in addition to service on the AIA National Government Advocacy Committee, State and Local Advocacy Task Force on Resilience, and the National Advocacy Capacity Building Task Force (2018-2019). She is a registered lobbyist in the State of Mississippi and was a champion for the State and Federal Historic Tax Credit Programs as well as advocate for Good Samaritan Legislation to protect architects and engineers doing volunteer work after natural disasters. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Prior to her tenure with AIA Mississippi, Lombardo served as the Director of Programs for the Mississippi Heritage Trust where she launched Elevation, a magazine celebrating preservation successes across the state. Lombardo started an advertising agency, Webz Advertising, in 1999, later adding a commercial art gallery, digital print shop and TourCollierville Magazine, a community lifestyle publication. After 17 years in business, she sold the cluster of companies to Propane Media in 2016. She has served on several AIA National committees and advocacy groups and is a current member of CACE (the Council of Architectural Component Executives), where she serves as Vice President. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"As the chapter\u2019s first full-time Executive Director, Heather Koury, Hon. AIA transformed the association from a traditional model of member service delivery into a community-centric model that serves both the members and the public through education and outreach. Koury\u0027s clear and dedicated vision brought the mission of both the organization and the profession into sharp focus while illuminating the importance of design in shaping our communities. Koury\u0027s passion and commitment to the built environment propelled her to become a leading voice in advocating for the architectural profession, and into prominent appointments with The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Council of Architectural Component Executives (CACE), a national leadership body that represents and supports the diverse perspectives and needs of components in The American Institute of Architects. Koury served nationally on the AIA Board (2018-2019), AIA Public Outreach Committee (2018), AIA Strategic Council (2017), and the AIA Secretary\u2019s Advisory Committee (2017). Koury held multiple positions in her five years of service within CACE, including national President (2017). "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Through her service to the Institute at the national level, Koury brought relevance, attention, and access to AIA Memphis and its members and provided a strategic conduit from Memphis to the broader architecture community.Koury has been recognized with the Francis Gassner Award\u2013the highest honor bestowed by AIA Memphis for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture. She is an Honorary Member of the AIA, and has been named a Richard Upjohn Fellow for her distinguished service to the AIA at the local, state and national level, as well as a Louise Blanchard Bethune Fellow for her contributions to the profession of architecture through service on The American Institute of Architects Board of Directors. A recipient of the CACE Component Leadership Award, and the AIA Tennessee Distinguished Service Award (2019 and 2007). Koury\u0027s achievements at the local and national levels are quantified in numerous honors and awards, but the influence from these achievements on the Memphis architectural community as well as on her colleagues around the country will shape her legacy. \u201cKoury redefined the role of our organization, rising to the highest level of directorship at AIA National. She leaves AIA Memphis in a unique position to continue to serve the membership for years to come,\u201d says Joey Hagan, AIA, 2003 AIA Memphis President. Described by her colleagues as a consummate professional, Koury\u2019s understanding of both the needs of the architects as well as those who seek to serve them is unparalleled. Her exceptional people skills and ability to navigate policy and passion with intelligence, humility, and organizational talent provided the highest level of leadership to the Memphis AIA Chapter. Her tireless service, unmitigated grace, and true professionalism made an indelible mark on AIA Memphis, elevating the Chapter as a model of excellence at the national level. "]]],[1,"p",[]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\u201cOn behalf of the Board of Directors of AIA Memphis and our more than 300 members and corporate partners, I want to offer sincere gratitude and appreciation to Heather Koury, Hon. AIA for her 17 years of service to our organization. We wish her great success and happiness in her next opportunity,\u201d says Tim Ogburn, AIA, President of AIA Memphis. \u201cHeather has positioned us for continued success with longstanding community partnerships and strategic programming. Because of Heather\u0027s hard work and dedication, AIA Memphis is one of the strongest chapters in the country. She is leaving us in the best position to continue our mission of advocating for our profession, serving our members, and advancing design excellence in our community. As we look to the future, the Board and I eagerly anticipate moving forward under the vision and guidance of Amber Lombardo as our Executive Director.\u0022"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"###"]]]]}
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