Dear AIA Europe colleagues and friends,
It is my honor and pleasure to serve as your president in 2018. A year in which we will continue our conference tradition with two very interesting venues coming up, in the spring, in Pristina, Kosovo, April 5th 8th, and in the fall, in Budapest, September 27th-30th, where we hope to welcome many of you.
Let me thank here again, our past 2017 president Tiffany Melençon, for the excellent work that was achieved in reaching out to students and emerging professionals, and also in the upkeep and feed of our website and newsletters ensuring our monthly reach out to our members.
We’ve started off the year in action with an intense and constructive board meeting which was held on January 13th in Paris. For several years in a row, the board has initiated actions to attract students of architecture and emerging architecture professionals to our chapter, to help and participate in our conferences and eventually join us and become members. This is the next generation and the future of our chapter. Our board has acknowledged this again and it was decided to create a chair for emerging professionals on the board, and make financial aid available to help EP to attend our conferences. The board would like to thank here especially Robert Zinkhan, AIA who donated a 1000$ stipend for helping students to attend our conferences. A warm thank you, Robert ! Another new task the board voted in this year is to establish more formalized collaborations with external partner organizations in order to broaden the visibility of our chapter in Europe.
Our AIA international Associate members received notice last December that AIA National will start to require yearly continuing education credits from this member category as well. Our AIA Int'l Assoc. members, like myself, are often locally in Europe registered architects. So in my role as president this year, I will reach out to local architect’s orders and organizations to try to set up partnership allowing recognition of our conference learning units in the European national continuing education requirements. This will not be an easy task and I will reach out to all of you who have the right connection in order to set this up. More especially I have asked our founding member and last year’s AIA national president, Tom Vonier, who has taken up responsibilities as the UIA 2018 president to help in this. In March, I will present our chapter at AIA national grassroots leadership conference in San Diego, Ca and in June again at AIA’18 national conference in New York.
A big thank you to all our board members for their dedication and time they invest in our organization, and all of our members for continuing support and participation in the past and in this upcoming year. Special thanks to our treasurer Sandra Zettersen, for her longlasting and ongoing investment in AIA Europe and to Elisabeth Heudebourg for the great logistic help, without whom all this would not be possible.
Looking forward to a promising year in advancing our members and chapters interest, I wish all of you and your families all the best for 2018.
Carsten Hanssen, AIA Int’l Assoc., Architecte du Patrimoine, Architecte DPLG 2018 AIA Europe President