A’19: A Report from AIA Akron 2020 President Julie Whyte, AIA

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.