May 6, 2024 / President's Letters

President’s Letter: May 2024

Dear Members:



As we navigate through the currents of life, amidst ever-changing global events, it’s often a challenge to find moments of stillness and focus. Yet, within the dynamic realm of architecture, we discover a sanctuary of creativity, innovation, and boundless possibilities. In acknowledging the whirlwind of activity surrounding us, both personally and globally, I want to take a moment to express gratitude to our shared passion for architecture. Despite the chaos of the world, it’s indeed a privilege to immerse ourselves in the transformative power of design and construction.


This month I would like to first thank our great staff and volunteer chairpersons Nia Young and Brian Helfer Jr. for putting on a successful Spring Lecture Series.  I hope you could come out to join us this year for some great speakers, from Urban Planners to an AIA Gold Medal award winner, to local architects discussing their current projects shaping our city and region.  Attending the lecture series event was not only enriching but also a delightful opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and friends. The stimulating discussions and shared insights made it a truly memorable experience.  I would like to say that the committee will be gearing back up in the summer to start discussing the next group of thought makers to visit our area.  They are always looking for ideas and help organizing. Please contact your AIA Baltimore for more information!


Looking ahead, we have an exciting opportunity to further nurture this spirit of collaboration at the upcoming AIA Conference held in our backyard.  I hope that you all can get down to DC to either check out a session or two or just walk the AIA Expo Floor.  The event promises to be a beacon of inspiration and innovation, offering a platform for architects and industry professionals to exchange ideas, share experiences, and envision the future of our profession. This year I will be attending as a participant for our chapter as a designated delegate. As a delegate, I represent AIA Baltimore and the board in voting for the new AIA leaders and on changes to the AIA bylaws. This year we have several choices in terms of AIA Board members (At Large Director), Secretary, and AIA President 2026.


Additionally, the changes to the bylaws include a membership category shuffle.  The proposal is to allow for a Senior Associate member for folks that are in the profession for longer than 10 years, but are not an registered architect.  Additional category changes that are proposed are to rename the International professional category, and to introduce student member and academic member options.  Your board will take up the slate this month before I vote for the chapter.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact me at


As we progress, let us remember that amidst life’s myriad challenges and distractions, our shared love for architecture remains a source of strength and inspiration. Together, let us continue to champion sustainable design, foster meaningful connections, and leave a lasting impact on the built environment and the world at large.