From the President's Desk|

Rona Rothenberg

Rona Rothenberg, FAIA
2022 AIA CA President

Colleagues, friends and business partners!

I am proud and privileged to continue to work together not only with all of you, our 11,000 AIA CA members, but with the 21,000 licensed architects in California, as well. And of course, excited to work with AIA CA associates, students, and industry partners as the 2022 President of AIA California!  Thank you for the opportunity we have to lead together to serve the public and our profession in our shared work!

It is my vision that we will continue to advance our shared mission, vision and strategic goals as a voice of the architectural profession:  As industry leaders:  across generations . . . as well as within and among diverse geographies, demographics, genders, races and cultures, professional career paths and varied and relevant interests, backgrounds, training, life styles and skills.

Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.” As architects in the 21st century—in California no less—I would posit that this is particularly relevant for where we find ourselves.

As the largest state component in the U.S., AIA CA has a progressive and ambitious agenda as the professional voice in our state and as a leader nationally in local action for global climate impact; practice; licensure; equity-diversity and inclusion; membership and in education; advocacy and our other related goals and objectives. 

From those of us whose careers are fully realized to cohorts across generations in the professional pipeline:  We have an opportunity to lead in traditional practice and in project and construction management; as builders; in government, industry and the military; in education and as Citizen Architects in elected, appointed and volunteer roles. 

This year, our Leadership is particularly interested in personally reaching out to as many of you as possible  We welcome member architects and associate leaders, our student leaders and our industry partners—in active engagement, whether it be through serving on one of the many AIA CA committees, attending webinars and conferences, through the College of Fellows outreach, in research and publications, in advisory, or through mentorship and community engagement.

The challenge is this: to apply your interests, skills, and career goals to advance our mission as professional leaders.

Let’s all look forward as partners in shaping and leading the profession this year and beyond.

Rona Rothenberg


AIA California
AIA California
AIA California is dedicated to serving its members, and uniting all architecture professionals in the design of a more just, equitable and resilient future through advocacy, education and political action. It celebrates more than 75 years of service and, today, is composed of more than 11,000 members across the state.

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