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A Message from our Executive Vice President, Eric Klinner, CAE

I trust this letter finds you well in the new year of 2024. At AIA Illinois, we're gearing up for an exciting year filled with educational opportunities, networking events, and advocacy for the profession. To ensure a successful journey ahead, we recognize that your active participation is key.

Engaging with AIA Illinois opens the door to a world of connections, shared experiences, and staying abreast of the latest industry trends. By immersing yourself in the AIA Illinois community, you not only expand your professional network but also gain the chance to collaborate, contributing significantly to the growth of the architecture profession.

In 2024, our highly anticipated annual conference will return for its second year in person, providing unparalleled education and networking prospects. Beyond this event, we're excited to offer monthly webinars featuring our valued partners, along with our coffee talk webinars and our annual advocacy day at the Capitol on March 13, Prairie Grassroots. Embrace these opportunities to elevate your practice and remain competitive in a rapidly evolving industry.

For those seeking a more participatory or leadership role, consider joining one of our committees for the year. Actively participating in a committee is a powerful way to make a meaningful impact, whether your interests lie in advocacy, early professional activities, or community outreach. Your unique skills and perspectives can contribute significantly to the success of our initiatives, shaping the future of AIA Illinois.

If joining a committee is not within your current scope, but you have insights to share, seize the chance to participate in our new initiative launching at our February board meeting. Your involvement in these sessions provides a platform to voice your opinions and concerns directly to the board of directors, fostering a collaborative environment. As a member-driven organization, your engagement is crucial to the success and vitality of AIA Illinois. Together, let's forge a community that inspires and supports each other in achieving our professional goals.

Should you have any questions or require assistance in getting involved, feel free to reach out to the AIA Illinois office at We deeply appreciate your commitment to excellence in architecture and look forward to your continued participation.

Thank you for being an integral part of our AIA Illinois community!

Eric Klinner, CAE

AIA Illinois Executive Vice President

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