Let's Get Connected!


Happy New Year!  I am honored to be your chapter president following Katie’s leadership last year. Our chapter has a long history of exceptional participation from its members as well as consistently reaching out to the public at large.  

I came to Oregon two years ago after practicing in New York State and being an active AIA board member in the Westchester Chapter.  I joined the AIA in 1991 and have always regarded it as an important facet of being a professional. I am really proud of being an Oregon architect and especially with such an impressive group of professionals.

We are primarily a volunteer organization--and with our membership, we all choose to make a commitment to this profession. We help each other with continuing education, recognition, outreach and awareness of good design.  This organization of 90,000 members nationally is an integral part of our profession and the AIA title continues to demonstrate our promise to higher standards.

This year we will be voting on the consolidation of the the 4 existing Oregon chapters including our chapter of 165 members into a single State chapter of 1,400 members. It is intended to make it easier to provide the same programs we have developed and to help smaller and more remote communities of architects to be engaged with first rate programs through state wide representation. To date, about 20 states have successfully become single state chapters.  The choice is ours.

2018 will have exciting Design Excellence programs focused on living and housing, a juried design awards program.  We will continue our monthly continuing education programs, Committee on Local Affairs, Design Spring, Small Firms Exchange and potentially a city design charette or urban street design event like we had this year with the Parklets.  There are some great new VR technologies I’ve been focusing on that are making their way into our design process and I look to bring that to our chapter meetings and presentations.

I have spoken to many members to learn what programs have been successful or need changes and welcome all our members to have a voice in the goings on of our chapter. Let's get connected!

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Awards were presented by the UO AIAS chapter to those who participated in the January 17 Professional Pinup. Left to right: Frank Visconti (Rowell Brokaw Architects), Patrick McKechnie (Oregon Architecture, Medford), Kurt Albrecht (Albrecht Archtecture), Chuck Bailey (Chuck Bailey, Architect), and Nir Pearlson (Nir Pearlson, Architect).  Thank you to everyone who participated.


Cottage Code Amendments

Along with other like-minded advocates, CoLA recently co-signed a letter drafted by The Walkable Eugene Citizens Advisory Network (WE CAN) asking Eugene City Council to take action on Cottage Code Amendments.

Read the letter at Randy Nishimura's BLOG.