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December 2013 AIA Wyoming President's Letter

Dear AIA Wyoming Members:

2013 has been a great year for AIA Wyoming. As the year comes to a close let me thank all of you for all the incredible work, dedication and commitment you, the members, have exhibited throughout the year. We held three successful events which included great opportunity for continuing education and great fellowship. We began a new Strategic Plan for the organization and hope to have it completed early in 2014. We continue to build relationships with our industry partners and grow awareness about the profession around the communities. We currently have 154 AIA and Associate AIA members which is a high for the organization. We have 35 Allied and Unassigned members.

AIA Wyoming hosted the AIA Western Mountain Region Conference last October in Teton Village. The government shutdown did not slow us down and the conference was a great success. Without a doubt, we could not have made it through hosting the WMR and its’ challenges without dedication to our profession and the Wyoming AIA Chapter. Thank you to the planning team for your time and efforts in making the WMR Conference a great experience.

Congratulations to Wyoming Member Recipients of the 2013 WMR Design and Honor Awards:
• Architecture Firm Award – Ward+Blake Architects
• Award of Citation – Stephen Dynia Architects (Drive – Commercial Building)
• Award of Citation – Carney, Logan, Burke Architects (Jackson Hole Airport Expansion and Renovation)

With a new year, comes a change in the Board of Directors. We would like to thank Stephen Dynia, FAIA for his board service for the past 8 years. Stephen contributed to the review and the change to member benefits over the past several years. He has brought to us many inspiring speakers and worked on many planning teams in addition to all his Board responsibilities. Stephen will continue to contribute to AIA Wyoming and the profession in other ways.

Here is a current roster of the 2014 AIA Wyoming Leadership:
Colleen Nelson, AIA, LEED AP, President; Mike Potter, AIA, Past President; Chet Lockard, AIA, President-elect; Cornelius Kinsey, AIA, Treasurer; Aimee Bolton, AIA, Secretary; Rachel Delventhal, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Director; Lyle Murtha, AIA, Director; Katie Wilson, Assoc. AIA, Associate Director. Thank you to the Board of Directors for volunteering for these leadership positions and their continued commitment to the success of the organization.

Over the past year we have encouraged member participation in Advocacy, Knowledge and Resource Center, Communication, and Membership Development Standing Committees. These Standing Committees are an important piece on how we add member benefits and create better programs.

One of the success stories of the year is from the Advocacy Committee which shows a great example of the “value” of membership in Wyoming AIA. Several of our members heard that the SFD was about to adopt a policy that cart blanche put the responsibility for paying for change orders for school projects onto the design professional and we were able to debunk this and get the policy revised to a more favorable verbiage. Without Wyoming AIA’s quick action, the proposed policy would have been a huge financial problem for all in the school building design profession in Wyoming.

The 2014 Wyoming Legislative Session (budget session) will begin February 10, 2014. The Advocacy Committee will monitor the activity of the legislative session. You may be called upon to contact your legislator in your community if needed.

In addition to increasing our Social Media efforts, the Communications Committee has been focused on the yearly publication, which has recently been approved by the Board. The first AIA Wyoming publication will be distributed at the end of year 2014 or early 2015 and will include a president’s letter, committee activities from the year, a design awards feature, a membership directory, and other yearly information about the organization with some guest editorials. AIA Wyoming is the first of the architecture-related fields to publish such a publication and we look forward to this publication as being the voice of not only the architecture community, but the related fields as well such as interior design, construction, engineering, landscape architecture, historic architecture, etc. It will include opportunity for vendors to advertise (which will support the publication, which is basically “free” of costs to AIA Wyoming) and is meant to be distributed to industry related organizations, clients, school districts, governmental agencies, etc. and should be on the coffee table of every organization in Wyoming that will assist in making the public aware of what architecture is in Wyoming.

Additionally, the Communications Committee has discussed a yearly AIA Wyoming calendar whereby photos of Wyoming architecture can be featured on each of the 12-months. This calendar could also further the message of Wyoming architecture and could make great gifts for architecture firms to distribute to their clients. If approved, this calendar could debut for placing orders as early as the Annual Fall Conference in Jackson.

The Membership Development Committee is working on actively recruiting new members, retaining existing members, and developing future leaders so that the Chapter will have a stronger collaborative voice. Methods for doing this are through mentoring programs, achievement recognition, and reaching out to members and potential members through networking and various forms of media which represents the strategic plan.

The Knowledge and Resource Center Committee has been working on promotion of the architectural profession within Wyoming and reprioritizing the newly adopted goals for the committee. The committee has also continued to develop an educational box-program that will become available to AIA members for use at career days or other public functions to promote the profession. These programs will be age and audience specific depending on whomever the architect is presenting to. The committee is most currently focusing on prioritizing the new goals and establishing a timeline to complete the goals.

In preparation for the 2014 AIA Wyoming Design and Honor Awards, the Board of Directors has recently implemented a Taskforce to review the AIA Wyoming Design and Honor Awards program. The submittal instructions, categories, jury instructions, and jury selection will be reviewed. The Taskforce will make recommendations to the Board if any changes need to be made to the program. More information will be provided at the February Chapter Business Meeting.

Please mark your calendars for the 2014 AIA Wyoming Winter Conference being held in Laramie February 20-22, 2014. The planning team will soon have more information about conference details. Hope to see you all in Laramie.

Other Conferences in 2014 to add to your calendar:
• AIA Wyoming Winter Conference – Laramie, WY, February 20-22, 2014
• AIA National Leadership and Grassroots Conference – March 19-22, 2014, Washington D.C.
• AIA Wyoming Summer Conference – Casper, WY, June 20, 2014
• AIA National Convention – June 26-28, 2014, Chicago, IL
• AIA Wyoming Annual Fall Conference – Jackson, WY, September 19-20, 2014
• AIA Western Mountain Region Conference – Santa Fe, NM, October 16-18, 2014

Merry Christmas and may you all have a very prosperous New Year!

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

My contact information is:
Colleen J. Nelson, AIA
Nelson Architects, LLC
214 North Broadway
Riverton, WY 82501
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