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President's Message 2017
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Harry Drake, AIA
2017 President


President’s Message
November 2017

AIAPF Members: Chapter programs this year have been focused on mentoring and educational opportunities for our members and emerging professionals.

You are invited and encouraged to take advantage of two more opportunities, for yourself and for emerging professionals in your firm. On November 16th, AIAPF is honored to be one of five hosts for The National Leadership Institute Conference, and on November 30th/December 1st is a Two-Day Business Development Workshop.
On Thursday, November 16th, the AIA Leadership Institute will bring new and veteran leaders together to advance their skills in a one-day, interactive learning experience. Please register yourself or your team today and earn up to 6.25 LU|HSW. AIAPF is the West Coast host for this national day of leadership development in architecture at the Maxwell House/Western Justice Center in Pasadena. The program starts at 9:00 PST with breakfast as we join the National Plenary Broadcast. After lunch, it is our turn to lead the national broadcast with “Challenges and Opportunities in Southern California.” We’ll have guest panelists and participants discussing civic design challenges facing California architects, including: zero net energy, the housing crisis, disaster preparedness, water in the West, and professional topics. We’ll focus on what opportunities can architects take to move these conversations forward in a positive way. Mark Gangi, AIA will be our local programing moderator.

Please see the AIAPF Chapter or AIA Leadership Institute websites for more information and to register.

Your Chapter is also offering a two-day interactive workshop on the seven elements that constitute an effective business development program in the AEC industry. Attendees will engage in lively discussions and hands-on exercises, and walk away with useful tips and tricks to increase their competency and confidence in the business development process. This workshop will be led by Karen Compton, CPSM and Brandy Little, CPSM, CPCC of A3K Consulting.

Topics will include: Elements of a business plan; sales planning; market research and planning; public relations; proposals and presentations; and digital marketing.

As we begin to look towards 2018 and AIAPF’s 70th Anniversary, the Board of Directors is asking for your participation by identifying architectural projects within our Chapter boundaries, designed and constructed during the past seven decades, that continue to set a standard of excellence for architectural design and for community significance. Email your list of favorite local architectural projects to the Chapter Office.

We will celebrate these projects during the Design Awards Gala on January 27th. Please enter your own project for recognition in the 2017 Design Awards now open on our Chapter website.

Advocating Good Design; Mentoring Members and Emerging Professionals; and Promoting the Important Role of Architects in producing safe, healthy and socially responsible communities - are the goals and on-going accomplishments of the Pasadena & Foothill Chapter of the AIA. Please join us.


Harry Drake, AIA


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