“…the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for [our] members in service to society.”
2017 is already off to great start and we are looking forward to another year of exciting programs and events. Last fall, our Board convened to draft AIA Charleston’s first multi-year strategic plan for 2017-2020. While our section leadership has conducted an annual planning retreat for years, this was the first attempt to draft a multi-year plan for the section. Through this process, 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.
Advocacy and Public Outreach have traditionally been one of the most important and challenging tasks identified during our strategic planning sessions. This year, AIA South Carolina has 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 legislative agenda for 2017, which was released at the annual Design Construction Partnership’s Legislative Reception a few weeks ago. 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. Visit the following links to review PDFs of theAIASC 2017 Legislative Agenda and AIASC 2017 Legislative Issues.