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CURRENT EVENTS,  an AIA Alaska Quarterly e-Newsletter  

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President update

Happy winter season to all! For those who were not able to attend our annual Conference in Homer this year, I would like to provide a brief summary of 2017 for AIA Alaska:

We are stepping up our presence in advocacy at the local level. This is led in large part by our Chapter's State Government Network (SGN) Representative. I would like to heartily thank and acknowledge Catherine Fritz for her long-time service as AIA Alaska's Representative, as well as welcome Paul Baril who will stepping into this role moving forward. Make note of the dates for the 2018 APDC Legislative Fly-In, February 7-8, and let Paul know if you plan to attend. The approved 2018 Chapter budget includes funding to cover travel for our SGN Representative to attend this fly-in. SB-87 is slated to be a fly-in agenda topic.

AIA National has changed the structure of Grassroots. Previously always held in Washington DC and combined with a visit to our legislators, the new structure separates out the Hill visit every other year. In 2018, Grassroots will be held in San Diego as more of a leadership training event. The 2018 approved budget and travel matrix have aligned Executive Director travel to ensure ED participation at Grassroots during years it is held in DC, and at CACE in alternate years.

For those of you who have been contacted by ASID regarding possible licensure of Interior Designers in Alaska, be aware that there is an AIA National policy addressing this issue . Page 6 of the document, item 3). Therefore, AIA Alaska as a Chapter cannot support ASID in this effort.The 2018 annual conference will be held in Southeast; Exact location and dates to be determined but plan to attend!

Your incoming 2018 AIA Alaska Board:

Sarah Salazar
Melissa Morse
President-Elect Corey Wall
Secretary Treasurer Jason Arnold
2nd Year Director
Tim Whitely
1st Year Director Erin Gerondale
Associate Director
Kamu Kakizaki
Northern Section Chair
Randall Rozier
Central Section Chair Emmanuel Daskalos
Southeast Section Chair Zane Jones

There is more work to be done and the incoming 2018 Board is well positioned to take it on. I encourage all of you to get involved with the Chapter, our Committees and your local Section to help make the most impact.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as President during 2017, and I wish everyone a prosperous 2018!

~ Sarah Salazar, AIA President (2017)

Statewide News -

AIA AK is considering a Citizen Architect Award for 2018. This would go to a nominated architect in Alaska that demonstrates an outstanding amount of community involvement. Share your thoughts!

We are also considering a design competition this year. Do you have experience or interest in a local design competition?

Local Sections -

As a Gold sponsor of the Alaska Design Forum, each of our sections are entitled to two (2) complimentary seats at AUTOMATA - contact your section chair  if you are interested in submitting for one!

Emerging Professionals Corner -

Studying for the ARE? AIA Alaska is purchasing a set of ARE 5.0 study guides for member use. Contact Kamu, our Associate Director @

In Transition -

Our 2018 President-elect, Corey Wall has accepted a position as Associate Partner at Jensen Yorba Lott in Juneau. While he has really appreciated all the opportunities he has had at MRV over the past 17+ years, he looks forward to building on that experience in his new role.  Corey will be starting in his new position on January 1 - Congratulations Corey, and best wishes to you on this new adventure!

Are you looking for a career change? AIA Alaska has multiple job postings here

Did you know...

...that AIA Alaska has a scholarship program for Alaskan resident students that pursue an accredited architecture degree? The scholarships are issued at the end of the calendar year in time for spring semester. Alison Ross at Montana University was the most recent recipient and received $2,000.00. We are currently fundraising for this scholarship and have received a $1,000.00 matching grant from AIA National for 2017. For more information please email Paul our Scholarship Committee Chair, or Angie , our ED...

Affiliate Member Spotlight - 

AIA Alaska has some very worthy Affiliate members. AEP Span is just one of them!  A special shout and and a hearty thank you for sponsoring at our conference this past October!  Contact John with any interests!

Regional News - 

Rod Ashley from Portland won the election for our new Regional Director / Strategic Council rep. Our Strategic Council reps are working on the Habitat II New Urban Agenda and Life Cycle of an Architect. More here. Alaskans needs to figure out how this impacts our profession locally. Thoughts?

National News -

Lisa Murkowski and Don Young are serving in the conference committees for tax reform. You probably received an email from AIA National encouraging you to reach out and share your opinion. Here is the link to do so.

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Melissa Morse, AIA
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