What has your experience on the AIA Baltimore board meant to you? This is my second time returning to the AIA Baltimore board. I was an Associate Director from 2008-09; currently on the AIA board as a Director since 2019. The experience has been nothing but rewarding. AIA Baltimore is among the first few local chapters to celebrate 150 years. I am delighted and honored to be a part of the board as we celebrate this special milestone birthday.
What has been the biggest benefit to your participation on the board? As a board member, you’re not just representing yourself and/or your firm; but the AIA Baltimore Chapter at various events. You’ll get the opportunity to network with local and national chapter leaders, hear about the policies changes and initiatives, and the opportunity to cast your vote to elect the representatives of our State and National AIA board. Most importantly, you’ll hear about all the local advocacy efforts that are happening in the city with a prospect to participate at various levels; it gives me immense pride to be a part of the leaders who bring the change in our profession.
What have you learned about Baltimore’s architecture community, and issues of practice?As a non-native of Baltimore, I was introduced to the chapter as place to meet local architects, designers, and industry professionals. The AIA Baltimore chapter house provided the platform to learn about the vast and diverse history of Baltimore, gain architectural vocabulary, and an introduction architectural community, or what I now call the “extended family”. As an architect working for a large A/E firm, we seldom hear about the many urban design programs, new design award winners, or the work and issues that are being addressed by the various chapter committees. Being an AIA Baltimore board member gives you the unique opportunity to connect, advocate, share, and grow as a professional.
Join the AIA Baltimore Board and be a part of our rich 150-year chapter history and the future of our profession!
Join The AIA Baltimore Board: Call For 2021 Nominations
All AIA Baltimore members are invited to submit nominations for the AIA Baltimore Board of Directors following the process and criteria below:
The Board of Directors of the Baltimore Chapter of The American Institute of Architects is responsible for setting the policy, fiscal oversight, and strategic direction of the organization. In order to ensure a strong vibrant organization relevant to the architecture profession, and promote the role of architects in Baltimore, and Central Maryland communities, it is imperative that a diverse board is in place to lead the organization.
As part of the nominating process, board diversity is to be evaluated. In doing so, the following diversity criteria are to be taken into consideration:
- Membership category, such as AIA, Assoc. AIA, and Allied.
- Ethnicity and gender of individuals on Board.
- Practice type, to ensure that traditional architectural practitioners, educators, and non-traditional practice roles are represented.
- Firm size, to ensure appropriate representation from small, medium and large companies.
- Specialized expertise of individual members.
Board service is a minimum (2) year term with the expectation of continued and further involvement in the support of AIA Baltimore.
To be considered for AIA Baltimore Board appointment:
Submit a 1 paragraph expression of interest in serving on the AIA Baltimore Board, and CV to current Board President, Scott McGovern, AIA, (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Executive Director, Kathleen Lane, AIA (email@example.com) by September 2.
The slate of candidates will be finalized for vote by November 5, with the results announced at the AIA Baltimore Annual Meeting.