"The AIA Manifesto," a video that debuted at the March 21 Grassroots General Session, explores what it means to be an architect.
James T. Perry, executive vice president of the Texas Society of Architects

Talk About It

About 4 years ago: Jonathan Brown

These are all really intriguing points. While I agree that the AIA at its various levels is definitely in need of engaging more effectively, I'd also like to see it not just be a reactive response, but become intentionally predictive, or shaping, of how architects can engage is ways that haven't been considered yet.

About 4 years ago: James Perry

We see signs of AIA becoming more engaged. For instance, while we were in DC the Washington Post carried an article about the Eisenhower Memorial with AIA and Robert Ivy supporting the Gehry design and opposing the bill that would mandate an alternative design. That's a start!

About 4 years ago: Becky Schenker

I love the "AIA Manifesto" video because, surprisingly, it does not have any images. I believe that our photography fetish, while useful for certain purposes, obscures many aspects of the architectural process and trivializes iimportant features of the built environment.

About 4 years ago: Lisa Lamkin

The statement of purpose (shown as part of the repositioning general session powerpoint on the repositioning website) points us towards an organizational vision of being "intentionally shaping" as Johnathan encourages

AIA Statement of Purpose:
The AIA is a visionary member
organization providing advocacy,
leadership, and resources for
architects to design a better world.

About 4 years ago: Andrew Hawkins, AIA

As an attendee of grassroots for the second year, I was encouraged by the "mood" of the conference this year. The recognition of the need for change was overwhelming. It was actually great to see the real recognition of these issues. I certainly hope that this mood can continue into creating a course of action. I hope that the organization can find and commit to the resiliency required to follow through and "conclude" this task. I look forward to this continued conversation and intended course of action over the next several years.

About 4 years ago: Brett Wolfe

I couldn't agree more that we need to find a way to engage the emerging professionals. As a part of the younger generation, I can admit that most of my peers have no concept in what the older generation is doing. I'd venture to say there is a noticeable disconnect between the generations that leads to a lack of interest by the younger generation.

About 4 years ago: Tara Imani

Regarding the preceding comment on the generational disconnect: it seems that social media enables us to peer into each other's lives in ways we could have never imagined a decade ago.

As a gen xer, I reach out to millennials and some are responsive and open, while others are not.

If I may ask, what would younger generations be interested in knowing or learning from a "dinosaur" or has technology clouded the idea that there's anything of value to be learned from someone who presumedly does not know what a "vine app" is, to name but one minute example.

All thoughts are welcomed.

Thank you!

About 4 years ago: Elissa Richter

It seems that AIA has been working for years to engage younger generations with student memberships, emerging professionals organizations, young architect's forums/awards, social media, etc. Now it will be great to see how the institute works to really integrate this involvement, creating more generational cross-pollination that benefits everyone.

About 4 years ago: Larry Speck

Let's hope some real fundamental change occurs from this effort!