Presidents Message


2016 president
Richard C. (Rik) Master, AIA

Change is inevitable, but it seems like our world and profession are changing faster than ever before. During this time of hard economic rebound, an evolving industry will yield many challenges. But with all challenges come great opportunities. AIA Illinois is not only up for these challenges but, I believe, will lead the path to strengthen a new evolution in the architectural and construction industry!

AIA Illinois has a strong history of leadership within the profession and outreach within Illinois. This strong historic foundation will steady our growth into the future. As your 2016 President, AIA Illinois will continue to focus on leadership, advocacy, and outreach, and build on this foundation. Architecture is at an interesting time, as the demand and need for energy-efficient and disaster- resistant construction is at an all-time high. Technology improvements will help in the future, but good, efficient design helps today. We must improve our practices and continue to lead the way to solving future challenges.


Rik Master