When I first started working my way up through the officers ranks, I thought the presidency would be an easy position to hold. You know kiss a couple of babies, cut some ribbons, easy stuff. It is not true. This has been one of the busiest years of my life and one of the more fulfilling. I have had the benefit of a great Executive Committee, Committee Chairs and Board of Trustees. These are the members who volunteer their time and set the agenda and direction of AIA-NJ. It is hard work by a dedicated few. The AIA is like the factory in the industrial park that always has the help wanted sign out front. There is always a need for our members to join committees or become officers at the section and state level. I know Kurt Kalafsky is working on his committees for next year, if there is an interest I am sure we can find a position for you.
At the Board Meeting of September the following was reviewed.
This is just a small part of what the AIA-NJ is currently working on. Education Committee, CANstruction, Small Firm Round Table, L&GA, NJIT Center for Resiliency, Diversity, Women in Architecture, Post Sandy Regional Workshop and Membership are ongoing committees.
So the next time someone asks what is the AIA doing for me, this is just a small sampling.
The AIA-NJ will be having our Design Day Conference this week. Offering continuing education classes, world class key note speakers, design competition entries, and service award winners announced. This is the high light of our profession in New Jersey. I hope to see everyone there.
Jack Purvis, AIA
2013 AIA New Jersey President