AIA CNY President’s Message: Spring Greetings from AIA CNY!

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{"version":"0.3.0","atoms":[],"cards":[],"markups":[["a",["href","mailto:aiacny@aiacny.org"]]],"sections":[[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\t\tWe made it through the first quarter of 2021! With\nthings like vaccines on everyone\u2019s minds, there is one word that many within the\nAIA have been using to describe this year: hope. After such a difficult year\nfor so many in 2020, it is great to have a glimmer of hope through the\nwindshield of 2021. While we acknowledge\nthe losses of the previous year and mourn for those who were lost to the\npandemic, it is important to still have hope as we start moving forward into\nthis year. I wanted to take the time to\nupdate everyone on your local AIA chapter and what we have been up to since the\nturning of the year in January. We have\nbeen very busy since we kicked off the year at the beginning of Q1 and busy is\nanother one of the words that I would choose for our Chapter as we look ahead\nin 2021. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\t\tIn late January, your local AIA Board of Directors\nheld a strategic planning session to update our plans for the year. I have also been thinking a lot about\nleadership over the last few months, and not only because 2021 coincided with\nthe changing over of our country to a new presidency. I was also thinking about\nleadership in relation to COVID-19. Many felt the pandemic personally in the\nlast year with the loss of friends and loved ones. Others felt it more\nperipherally with lost revenue, stalled projects, and other impacts to their\npractices. We were fortunate that our local chapter was able to weather the\nstorm thanks to the fiscal responsibility of the leaders that came before me. With\nthis in mind, I am well aware that I am standing on the shoulders of the many\ngreat AIA CNY leaders. Last year, we had\nseveral successes at our local chapter that we plan to expand upon during the\nrest of this year."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\t- \nIn February, partly in recognition of Black History Month,\nour local AIA Central New York Chapter adopted a resolution on the esteemed life\nand career of Kermit J. Lee, Jr. FAIA. \nThis resolution will be submitted to; Syracuse University for inclusion\nin the Kermit J. Lee, Jr. Papers Collection at the SU School of Architecture;\nthe Preservation Association of CNY for a proposed new plaque series for\n\u201cNotable Black Americans of New York State\u201d; the Archives of the American\nInstitute of Architects in Washington, D.C.; and his family in memoriam of his\ngreat contributions to our Chapter and the architecture profession. I urge those of you who knew him and those\nwho did not to read the resolution to learn more about everything he\naccomplished for our profession during his lifetime."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\t- \nOur EDI task force, which started their efforts in\n2020 is busy working to determine ways that our chapter and local firms can\nbecome more equitable and supportive of a diverse membership. They are looking at learning opportunities,\ngrant opportunities, and hopefully, some fun social opportunities for the\ncoming year. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\t- \nWe are continuing to focus on mentorship of our\nmembers through monthly Women in Design (WiD) meetings, continued engagement\nwith local college and university student groups, and a refresh of our licensure\nraffles for those who have passed divisions of the ARE exam by the Emerging\nProfessionals Committee. Our mentorship\nefforts overlap several Chapter Committees, and we are looking at getting\ngroups like the EDI Task Force and Women in Design Committee together to work\non activities this year that have a shared interest. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\t- \nFollowing the success of our Sustainability Leadership\nLecture Series last year, our Committee on the Environment (COTE) is planning\nfor Earth Day 2021 happening later this month and looking at ways to give back\nto and support our local communities. \n"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\t- \nThere has been a lot of work and discussion\nsurrounding the Design Awards for 2021 after we missed the Awards due to COVID\nrestrictions last year and we are excited to get back to this annual\nrecognition of the hard work of so many firms throughout Central New York. Please stay tuned for announcements and the\ncall for entries for the Design Awards this year!"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\t- \nFinally, advocacy is always an important part of\nwhat we do within the AIA and we are working with AIA New York State on local\nand virtual advocacy efforts with our elected officials which we hope will be\nable to engage many of you in the coming year. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\t\tThose\nare just a few of the quick highlights for what 2021 has in store for our\nChapter and membership. As nature renews\nitself through the Spring season, we look with hope at ways to renew our\nefforts to serve the members of AIA Central New York. In addition to the work of the member-led\nCommittees that we have described above, we will be working this year to get\nour chapter ready for re-accreditation by AIA National, and accomplishing many\nother housekeeping tasks on our plate including updates to our chapter bylaws. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\t\tI\nagree with many of the AIA leaders across the country that 2021 is looking to\nbe a hopeful and productive year for our local chapter and membership now that\nwe have all better adjusted to our new normal and gotten our feet under us. We also look forward to potential\nopportunities for reuniting with you, our members, in person, later this year\nas vaccination efforts ramp up everywhere, restrictions on gathering in person\nare eased, and it becomes safer to gather together with you again. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\t\tIn\nclosing, I invite all of you to reach out to our current board if you are\ninterested in getting involved with any of the exciting activities we have\nplanned for this year. We will also be looking for members who are interested\nin shadowing our current board members to learn more about the important work\nthey do and prepare for our upcoming election season this fall. Please reach\nout to "],[0,[0],1,"aiacny@aiacny.org"],[0,[],0," to\nlet us know how you would like to become more involved. We would love to hear how you are doing and\nhave you join us in everything we have planned for the rest of 2021!"]]]]}
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