2021 Annual Report
Project: Health Sciences Innovation Building
Firm: CO Architects
We started the year with optimism and three goals:
- Find ways to connect members
- Provide resources and to enable the practice of architecture
- Advocate for the profession and the built and natural environment.
While the global health crisis, natural disasters, and prolonged drought tested our collective resolve, it is important to recognize and appreciate how much we accomplished together over the last year – and to be hopeful for the year ahead.
As you review the accomplishments, it is easy to focus on the numbers of tangible benefits – from webinars about the latest tools and best practices to design inspiration – but what is really at the backbone of our efforts are all the things that happen behind the scenes you don’t necessarily see.
Having someone looking out for the profession in the halls of the Legislature and in the regulatory arena is at the heart of our work in Sacramento. I am proud of our proactive advocacy efforts in code development, climate action, and in support of professional practice. I am proud of our efforts to position members as thought leaders on a wide range of issues. And I am particularly proud of our work to make sure the profession is at the table all the others who plan, develop, build and create our communities. We are always in the process of connecting architects and policy makers to design the places we work, live, and play.
I have the pleasure and honor to have a dedicated and passionate team of staff and volunteer members, working on behalf of the profession – on advocacy, education, and communications – and together, we have made great strides of which we all can be proud.
Here’s to a healthy and prosperous 2022!
Nicki Dennis Stephens, Hon. AIA
AIA CA Executive Vice President