Baltimore, MD (August 16, 2018) – Three candidates have expressed interest for the vacant Middle Atlantic regional representative position on the AIA Strategic Council. The person elected will join Tom Liebel, FAIA of AIA Baltimore in representing the Middle Atlantic Regional Council (MARC) on the AIA National Strategic Council.
The nominees are:
Brenden Frederick, AIA of AIA Chesapeake Bay (View statement and resume)
Edmond G. Gauvreau, FAIA of AIA Washington DC (View statement and resume)
James M. Wright, FAIA of AIA Washington DC (View statement and resume)
The election will be held during the MARC fall meeting to be held on October 2.
The Strategic Council advances the profession by informing the Board of Directors and other Institute bodies of important professional issues and opportunities. The Council is charged with surveying the profession to identify opportunities and threats, and engaging in strategic planning to inform the goals, objectives and strategies of AIA. The Council was instrumental in the preparation of the AIA 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, approved by the Board of Directors.
The Strategic Council is tasked with ideation/research/generative thought-based activities. It is an outward-focused, forward-thinking, and member-centric group.
THE ROLE OF A STRATEGIC COUNCILOR:
Much of the Council’s activity throughout the year is considered “blue-sky” thinking – searching for new ideas and solutions to relevant topical subject matter facing the profession. In this capacity, there is an element of futurist thinking as well. Collaborations entail visionary thought and ideation, deliberations, prototyping of ideas, and consensus building. The Council develops ideas to inform future needs or opportunities for the profession, and presents those ideas to the AIA Board for consideration, alignment, and potentially, its support.
Those seeking election to the Council as representatives from their regions are encouraged to be innovative and open-minded and have experience in ideation; be strong communicators and connect with their constituents; and embody a collaborative, partnering spirit.
Regional Representatives to the AIA Strategic Council are elected through their respective regions to serve a three-year term. (Other Councilors serve one- or two-year terms, depending on their position.)