“…the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for [our] members in service to society.”
2018 is off to great start and we are looking forward to another year of exciting programs and events. This is year two of AIA Charleston’s multi-year strategic plan for 2017-2020. We collectively identified four strategic focus areas for the coming years: Member Services, Advocacy, Public Outreach, and Board Operations. Our Board remains committed to providing high quality programming in the form of membership meetings, lectures, and building tours. We also want to continue to promote a culture of mentorship and collaboration among our members, in order to support personal and professional development across all firms and career stages. We are working with other components across the state and region to identify opportunities to collaborate on events and programs in an effort to continually improve the opportunities available to our members, while reducing the burden on volunteers and cost to each component. AIA Charleston has also recently joined the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce to reinforce our commitment to serving businesses in our city, and to expose AIA Charleston to business communities that are not aware we exist.
Advocacy and Public Outreach have traditionally been one of the most important and challenging tasks identified during our strategic planning sessions. Last year, AIA South Carolina contracted Ted Riley, of Riley, Pope & Laney, to serve as a lobbyist for the Chapter in Columbia. The Chapter has worked with Ted to prepare a weekly summary of legislative issues pertinent to our profession (link here). While the lobbyist will initially focus on issues at the state level, the chapter is working to provide training and support for our sections across the state to help us develop a stronger voice within our local communities. At the local level, we will continue to promote our members and the value of hiring an AIA architect.