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AIA Wyoming President's Letter - July 10, 2013

Dear AIA Wyoming Members:

July is here and finally, so is summer.  Hopefully, everyone is outdoors enjoying our beautiful state and all of the activities it has to offer.

Even with summer in full swing, the Executive Committee continues to work on completion of the strategic plan and the 2014 budget.  We also have locations determined for the up-coming 2014 AIA Wyoming events: Winter Conference - Laramie, Summer Conference - Casper and Annual Fall Conference - Jackson – with dates to be determined.

Election of officers will take place at the AIA Wyoming business meeting at Jackson Lake Lodge during the 2013 WMR Conference in October. Up for election is the Secretary position and one Director. Also, depending on the membership vote on changes to the bylaws, the position of Associate Director will be voted on. The nominating committee has several candidates for these positions, but are asking the AIA Wyoming membership to either forward to us names of potential candidates you would like to see operate the organization for the next few years or volunteer to be a candidate yourself. Please forward your choices for candidates to Michael E. Potter, AIA at or 307-632-4966 prior to July 12, 2013 so the nominating committee can make selections and get the names of the candidates out to the membership so that you will have time to get to know them prior to the election.

As part of the knowledge and resource center committee projects, the story about the architectural education program at LCCC was broadcast on WPR the week of June 9th.  The link to the transcript is below for the print version online: .  What a great way to get our story out to the public on this important subject.  Thank you to the committee and Chet Lockard, AIA.

Just wanted to remind all of you that AIA Wyoming merchandise is available. This is a great way to market the profession and the Chapter.  Click here for order form.

The AIA National Convention held in Denver started with a call to service.  With the Convention theme ‘Building Leaders’, inspiring speakers Blake Mycoskie, Founder of TOMS, Cameron Sinclair, Co-Founder of Architecture for Humanity, and General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.), Secretary of State (2001-2005) asked the architectural community to take a leading role in helping rebuild devastated communities both here at home and around the world with our skills and knowledge in the building industry. Also, at the convention, the Institute’s Repositioning Initiative was much talked about. In a nutshell, the repositioning initiative has recognized areas within the Institute that needs to change because of our changing profession.  The following are some bullet points to the initiative: serve the needs of our diverse membership, education content is to be relevant and emphasize practical application to support the needs of all members of the profession, particularly our emerging professionals and small firm owners in the areas of leadership, management, project delivery, and technology.

The Thursday night AIA Wyoming reception was a great way to get together at the National Convention.  Thank you Stephen Dynia, FAIA for giving us a guided tour of the Taxi Development which has received national recognition for innovative planning and design.

It is only July, but October is on the minds of the fabulous and energetic WMR planning team members because of the excitement of AIA Wyoming hosting the WMR Conference this year.  They are wrapping up the final details.  Online registration is available now at  We just want to remind all AIA members, colleagues and their families that the conference will be held at the Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park October 2 – 5, 2013 and the theme is ARCHITECTURE MATTERS.  The featured speakers scheduled are Paul Goldberger, who will give a presentation at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Shigeru Ban, Tom Kundig, and Julie Snow.  There will also be additional Conference Workshops/Sessions/Events such as Fellowship Workshop, an IDP Session, a YAF Program, a Golf Tournament and an AEF silent auction during the Awards Gala, just as a few teasers.  Don’t forget to enter your projects in the first time AIA Wyoming People’s Choice Award held during the WMR Conference and the AIA WMR Design Awards deadline July 25th.  See you in JACKSON!!

Feel free to contact myself or any member of the Executive Committee if you have any questions, comments or concerns about AIA Wyoming.

Colleen Nelson, AIA
AIA Wyoming President

My contact information is:

Colleen J. Nelson, AIA

Nelson Architects, LLC

214 North Broadway

Riverton, WY 82501


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