In 2012, AIA announced a new effort to Reposition our behemoth international organization that represents 80,000 architects around the world, including nearly 4,000 in Illinois.
AIA Illinois has been at the forefront of this movement from the very beginning, with Executive Vice President Mike Waldinger, Hon. AIA, playing a key leadership role on the national team supervising and directing the work of the lead consultants. Waldinger has also been a leading voice for better responsiveness to member concerns and issues.
Since May 2013, when AIA Illinois members ranked their Top 10 Repositioning priorities, the AIA Illinois board and the local boards have also been working through each Priority.
A summation of progress and success to date is below:
Prioritization of Initiatives - In 2013, a state work group analyzed the 40+ programs conducted by AIA Illinois, and focused staff and board time on the top two-thirds. Each local chapter then conducted an analysis of their work and streamlined it to programs that were the most effective for their membership.
Engage Emerging Professionals - In 2013, AIA Illinois was a co-sponsor of then AIAS board representative Charlie Klecha's concept, the first annual Chicago Design Education Symposium in November. Several Foundation requests from Emerging Professionals have also been approved. Leadership Institute continues to attract young talent who want to serve beyond their office.
Inefficacy of Communications; Passive Reactiveness - Both AIA Illinois and AIA Chicago launched new websites in June 2014. In November 2014, AIA Northern Illinois Chapter joined AIA Illinois' new website with their own, dedicated section, offering members the opportunity to get their local and state information in one place.
In early 2014, the AIA Illinois board voted to Take a Stand each year on a topic of relevance to the architecture community. 2014's topic is "Health and Resiliency of Communities."
Leadership Tenure & Agendas; Board Size and Composition: In 2014, the AIA Illinois board voted to reduce its size to increase its responsiveness and effectiveness.
Lack of Tier Coordination;
Resource Allocation; Component Structure;
Component Autonomy vs. Unity: An all-state meeting in November 2014 analyzed market trends, including finances of the organization from top to bottom, and determined that moving away from a geographic membership service pattern to a concentrated pattern would be beneficial for all Illinois members. A strategic working group then followed up.
An all-state meeting in November 2014 analyzed market trends, including finances of the organization from top to bottom, and determined that moving away from a geographic membership service pattern to a concentrated pattern would be beneficial for members, no matter where they live or practice. Read Frequently Asked Questions about the proposed, new Prairie Chapter.