The American Institute of Architects, on all levels, continues to provide leadership and advocacy for our professional lives as architects.

Welcome to the web site of AIA Alabama.  I am very pleased and honored to be serving as AIA Alabama President this year.  Your officers started our year with a planning retreat in mid- December.  It was long process as we evaluated our services and discussed ways to make AIA Alabama more productive for the membership, and more responsive to the general public.

 

As design professionals, architects need to be involved in local governments, city and county offices, schools, churches-anywhere people gather.  We need to share our insights on good, sustainable design for healthier communities. I urge you to contact the AIA Alabama office if you have questions about architecture, design or are just curious about what architects can offer.

 

We has an outstanding Excellence in Design Awards competition this year with 39 professional entries and 15 student entries. Our Excellence in Design program provides an opportunity for members to submit their work for evaluation by a jury of their peers.  We offer categories such as residential, commercial, institutional and others in an effort to cover all design categories, built and unbuilt.  Honor Awards are the highest level of recognition that AIA Alabama bestows to firms for exemplary design exceeding criteria set by the jury, followed by merit Awards and Honorable Mention.

 

The Alabama Legislature is close to concluding their 2018 session and we have had a good session to date.  We admire those men and women who serve in our legislature.  They serve our state and we applaud them for taking time away from their jobs, families and friends in an effort to make Alabama a better place for all of us.

 

We are planning a departure from our typical annual convention this year. We hope the membership will join us in Florence April 20 – 22, for our Design Road Show. This is a joint venture between AIA Alabama and the Alabama Center for Architecture.  Watch for information on this adventure in the coming weeks. We plan to experience all that the area has to offer and hear first-hand about Alabama Chanin, the Indian Mound Museum, music studios and the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House.

 

Again, please reach out to me, any of our AIA Alabama officers or our staff if we can be of any assistance to you.

 

Sincerely,

 

Nic Gray, Assoc. AIA

President