President’s Message – April 2017

Sunshine and warmer temperatures have many of us enjoying the outdoors as we welcome spring. As I look at the budding trees, I’m reminded of a story about why a specific shade of green was selected for the window frames at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art on the Kansas State University campus — the color represents the vibrant green of a budding tree, a fresh outlook, growth and opportunity.

I encourage each of you to take some time this spring, enjoy the changing landscape and find some time for reflection. Now is an ideal time to create a new outlook and find ways to create opportunities for yourself, your career and our profession.

At AIA Kansas, we are actively working with AIA, local universities, industry partners, legislators and members to create new and exciting opportunities that strengthen and elevate the profession. During the first quarter of 2017, we have participated in the new professionals’ Licensing Ceremony, met with our local universities and consulted with our legislators on pending legislation. Our annual conference planning committee is in full swing and making terrific progress organizing an event to rival last year’s Central States Conference.

In the coming months, you’ll hear some exciting news regarding: new leadership opportunities for AIA Kansas members, a revitalized Kansas Architectural Foundation, and messaging to help elevate the profession and architecture education.

We’re excited to keep our positive momentum moving. You, our members, are a huge part of our chapter’s success. And we’d love each of you to become even more involved.

As you see the trees budding, the flowers blooming and feel spring invigorate your creative spirit, I invite you to think about how you can contribute to the vibrancy of AIA Kansas. We hope you choose to nurture your career and seize the opportunity to craft your future within the profession. Please contact Terry or me if you’d like to learn more about becoming more involved with AIA Kansas or any of our local components.

I hope to see many of you at A’17 in Orlando!

Until then,

Jeffrey A. Schutzler, AIA
AIA Kansas, President

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