My challenge to the AIA is “Be more to the current members than you presently are.”
I’ve just returned from the AIA national convention in Boston (Well done, AIA! It was good!). However, I am becoming concerned about the “Let's Play Nice” approach between the AIA and related and/or allied groups. (It sort of reminds me of the current political rhetoric flooding the radio and TV air waves. For crying out loud, take a stand and stick to it). I would tend to think that, with the current conditions (world politics, U.S. economy, diversity, sustainability of life, etc.), the AIA should be seeking to do more, be more, and continue to provide to its members the “best of the best” resources so that we can all thrive.
I am very disappointed to learn today that a prized architect friend of mine (whom I met through AIA Small Project Practitioners) is in trouble with his newly adopted state board of licensure—all because (are you ready for this?) NCARB has not finished processing his records for the reciprocity to his new state. How pathetic is that? A wonderfully talented minority architect with a family to support is getting hosed by his state because NCARB can’t do its job in a timely fashion. (Did I mention NCARB has had the records for over 7 months? And he is registered in another state?)
To address my challenge, can the AIA make/create a “help” desk of sorts which members can contact for assistance when all the normal avenues are littered with debris? (Think of your government representative. A few well-placed phone calls can help get things solved). How cool would it be if he could contact the AIA help desk and get the professional input and liaising he needs? This is a benefit that is truly needed and deserved by loyal AIA members.
AIA Board, are you up to the challenge?
AIA members, what other “services” or “benefits” could or should the AIA include (see related entry, If You’re "Small," Why Be a Member?) ?
—Lisa Stacholy, AIA, NCARB