AIA Akron is a local component of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). We represent over 170 members in 11 counties of the greater Akron area. Our mission is to organize and unite in fellowship the members of the Architecture profession. We promote the aesthetic, scientific and art of planning by advancing the standards of architectural education, training, and practice, to coordinate the building industry and the profession of architecture to ensure the advancement of the living standards or people through their improved environment.
In early June, delegates from AIA Akron traveled to Las Vegas for the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture.
Components from all over the country gathered for the AIA Annual Meeting to kick off the conference. During the annual meeting, delegates voted on the proposed bylaw amendments as well as the approved resolutions. The two amendments voted upon were regarding the titling of allied members and the long-term financial stability and flexibility of the organization. Both amendments passed after hearty discussion and debate. Eleven amendments were proposed at the meeting as well, the highlight of these being Resolution 19-11: Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action. The new resolution proposed that AIA prioritize urgent climate action and support the movement to “decarbonize” buildings and the environment. The resolution was passed by an overwhelming majority of the delegates. The conference in the three days that followed was centered around the theme “Blueprint for a Better Future,” with sessions focusing on design being the incubator for transformation and positive change within communities. The city of Las Vegas was a stunning backdrop for this inspiring and motivating conference.