a teacher, a parent, a colleague, a friend—had a positive influence on you, someone who pushed you to perform at a higher level, someone who inspired you. That’s what leaders do. That’s what we do every day in our work, and whenever we lead the discussion to talk about architecture, whatever the forum—clients, the public, elected officials, or the kids in our schools.
Leadership speaks to the core values of our profession—the daring to dream of more livable, safe, and sustainable environments…the learning of new skills to turn dreams into something that captures the hunger of our clients and the public for a better quality of life…and the passion to transform concepts into action that makes a positive difference.
Becoming more skilled as leaders in our practice and in our engagement with others is the focus of the 2013 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Denver. This will be a unique opportunity to celebrate leadership, while sharpening our leadership skills to engage a public that more than ever values design.
The leaders who speak at this year’s AIA Convention will lay out the steps, the risks, and, most importantly, the rewards of engaging our clients, government, and the public. The seminars, tours, and networking events will give us an opportunity to strengthen our connections with our professional, business, and political colleagues. When we leave Denver, we’ll be better prepared to lead in our firms, in our practice, and in our communities.
Imagine a better world made real by architects. The gap between what is and what could be is bridged by a powerful concept—leadership for architecture and beyond.
See you in Denver.
Mickey Jacob, FAIA