By Stephanie Stubbs, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Here, back at the ranch, we’re about to embark on a new membership campaign that centers on AIA members telling prospective members about the value of joining the Institute. You’ll hear more about that later, but it got me thinking about my membership and what it means to me. Granted, I’m not your typical demographic—I’m a long-term associate member and AIA National does hand me a paycheck every two weeks. But with great risk of sounding corny, I’ll say I am proud to belong to the AIA. It floats my boat to be able to make my own small contribution in my own way to a profession in which just about everyone wears a Good Guy white hat and, in his or her own way, makes the planet a better place.
When I wear my AIA hat in public (it’s warm, okay?) and people notice it, I continually am heartened by their responses. It’s my experience that people in general think that architects are interesting, valuable, and useful members of the community—and that the AIA is the profession.
I’m new to this blogging thing, but I see that—in general—blogs tend to attract more negative than positive responses. Still, I’m going to ask in good faith and hope you will answer truly. Why do you value your membership? Or is it just three little letters after your name?