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Message from your AIA WY President

Monday, January 15, 2018  
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Dear Members:

As I enter my final year as AIA Wyoming President, I find myself looking forward far more often than I look back.  We have gained so much momentum after the events from this past year.      

Last year was a tremendous year for architects from around the state and the synergy created has set the stage for a great 2018.  The entire 2017 year was spent in celebration of AIA Wyoming and our 70th Anniversary.  The celebration culminated at our Fall Meeting in Jackson where we welcomed the AIA National Board, our Governor Matt Mead, the Secretary of State Ed Murray and our own Senator Stephan Pappas.  We witnessed two days of high energy presentations culminating in our Design and Honor Awards Banquet.  I find it fascinating that the architects from Wyoming can not only compete with other regions with quality design, but are able to raise the bar. 

I was very honored to serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the Conference and with the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Design and Honor Awards program.  Many wonderful design projects were recognized at the Awards Banquet and the offices that submitted these projects are to be commended.  In addition to the winning entries, there were dozens of wonderful designs that were not recognized with awards. The architects who were involved in these efforts are also to be commended. Having seen most of the submittals, the work from architects around the state is wonderful to behold.

AIA Wyoming architects can take great pride in the designs that are recognized and even greater satisfaction that these designs have solved a problem, have honored their settings, have responded to the demands for energy efficiency, have evolved through the frustration of the code compliance process, have responded to regulations and ever escalating construction costs, all in a wonderfully significant way.  

The recognition of the four Honor Award recipients were truly the highlight of the evening.  Recognized were Bruce Hawtin, FAIA and Hawtin Jorgensen Architects for the 2017 AIA Wyoming 25 Year Award, Katie Wilson, AIA for the 2017 AIA Wyoming Young Architect Award, Stateline #7 Architects for the 2017 AIA Wyoming Firm of the Year and finally, Stephen Dynia, FAIA, the recipient of the 2017 AIA Wyoming Silver Medal.  All honor award recipients were highly deserving of these special awards.  I feel the Honor Awards are among the most prestigious that architects can achieve.  They recognize individual or collective achievements that often go well beyond great design. They honor distinctive achievements in our communities and truly honor our profession.  I can’t help but look forward to the next AIA Wyoming Design and Honor Awards program.

Thank you and many kudos to Susan Menghini for her relentless pursuit of perfection! 

We have been blessed the past several years with an impassioned group of architects who have committed time and energy to run for leadership positions on the AIA Wyoming Board of Directors and others who have taken time away from office work to serve on one of our four standing committees.  These individuals are the glue that joins us.  They keep us apprised of legislative initiatives, of national and regional issues impacting our profession, in valuing educational resources, in maintaining high standards and in leading the profession forward.  I want to thank the member architects, associates and affiliates and who have so unselfishly stepped forward. 

It is now time, looking forward, to encourage others to consider serving in one of these capacities.  We are in a year of transition.  As such, for the next several months, our Board will be soliciting interest and seeking volunteers to work on one of our four standing committees or in joining the Board of Directors.  Serving in many respects is giving back and I feel that everyone who really cherishes the role of an architect, a well-rounded architect, will consider the rewards of contributing to the profession by running for a position or volunteering quality time on one of committees.  There is a great satisfaction in assuming a responsible position on a committee or a leadership role on the Board.  Serving not only benefits one’s standing in the profession but will provide inspiration, motivation and purpose to those that will follow.  Leading the way in our work, in our office, in our community, in our family and in our profession, are vital to the success of AIA.  Look forward, always.

I have long honored the work and attitude of the leaders of our profession provides and the humble attitudes that most architects display.  The commitment we make to the AIA will continue to influence our ever-evolving profession. Leaders in our firms can and should consider honoring the profession by volunteering the time, energy and talent that will serve us all and for the generations of architects that will follow.  Let’s make 2018 the best year ever! 

Dan Stalker, AIA

AIA Wyoming President

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