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President's Message 2017
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Harry Drake, AIA
2017 President


President’s Message
February 2017

This year the Pasadena & Foothill Chapter celebrates seven full decades of service to our members and to our communities. The 2017 Board of Directors are developing a series of programs to continue the Chapter’s history of: mentoring the next generation of architects; educating and serving our members; and advocating for our profession and for good architecture throughout the Chapter boundaries. We hope that you find at least one program or event to join us this year. We also invite you to contribute to this endeavor through social media including the Chapter’s website, twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. We certainly have come a long way in communication since just the telephone and stamped mail 69 years ago.

The year began with a wonderful Design Award and Officer Installation Celebration at the Noor Restaurant. Many thanks to AIA California Council President Jana Itzen, AIA for being our Installing Officer, to AIAPF Executive Director Zelda Wong for her planning, and to John Luttrell, AIA for his continued service as our Design Award Committee Chairperson. Congratulations to Joe Thomas Founder Award recipient Robert McClellan, AIA, to all the Design Award winners, and to the Jean Roth Driskel Scholarship winners. One of the highlights of the evening was hearing Dana Driskel share remembrances of his mother, our Chapter’s first woman president and namesake for the scholarship.

The Chapter’s advocacy and mentoring focused First Friday Forums will continue this year, with the morning events held at different Chapter firm offices. Our first event was hosted by HDR and featured Karen Compton and an insightful program on Best Practices in Business Development.

Our award-winning Emerging Professional program, led by Director Erica Im, is in full swing, with bi-monthly restaurant tours, ARE study seminars, and a Bridge the Gap event planned for March 4th. Please make sure all interns and recent graduates in your office are aware of these Chapter programs.

Educational opportunities this year included a 5-unit seminar on accessibility on Saturday February 25th, hosted by Parsons. We are planning another Accessibility Seminar in June. This is a low-cost opportunity for all licensed architects in our Chapter to receive required training and credits for renewal with the State.

It is an honor to serve as your Chapter President this year. I look forward to working with the 2017 Board of Directors and with all of our members in providing relevant programs and in serving our community.


Harry Drake, AIA


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