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industry news + An Inspired Collaboration AIA Board Votes to Change Governance with Bi-Cameral Model and a Smaller Board of Directors As part of its repositioning effort, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) board of directors has elected to significantly alter the governance structure of the 156-year-old organization. At its meeting on September 20, the AIA board of directors voted to institute a bi-cameral governance model with a significantly smaller board of directors "composed of 11-15 members chosen for their specific talents and areas of expertise [who] will pursue a defined, strategic set of fiduciary concerns that affect the health of the Institute," according Vivid imageintense signage system The Jhane Barnes Collection Jhane's artistry has touched everything from fashion to furniture to textiles. And now signage. 24 designs - each available in four colors and every sign type within the Vivid image-intense signage system. to an AIA statement. Also, the governance will include "a large council composed of 50 or so elected members who represent geographic, demographic, and subject-matter diversity, that will pursue a larger set of broad, critical concerns affecting the profession." The AIA board of directors currently includes 52 people, 11 of whom comprise the executive committee. "Creating a smaller board of directors that will more efficiently and effectively focus on operational issues allows the council to be fully engaged with strategic issues concerning practice, the profession, and society," says AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA. "And, most importantly, moving toward streamlined governance will instill confidence in an AIA that is relevant and responsive to member feedback." AIA First Vice President/President-Elect Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, will succeed Jacob as president this December. Dreiling told Contract: "AIA leadership is often criticized for spending too much time, energy, and effort tinkering with items specific to the organization rather than attending to the greater issues of the profession. The transition to a bi-cameral governance model will allow the smaller board to concentrate on AIA-related matters, while the larger council focuses on strategies and vision for the profession. It's a crucial step in our cultural shift to a more innovative and aspirational organization." Because this change is a bylaws amendment, the AIA membership will need to vote on this issue at the AIA Convention in June 2014 in Chicago. If the amendment passes, it will become effective immediately thereafter. However, the board composition change would be rolled out over time to allow for the transition of existing directors who will have already been elected to three-year terms. -John CzarneCki 800.528.1398 select no. 57 at 16 november 2013

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Contract - November 2013
Industry News
Columnist: Implementing an Ownership Transition: I Built a Firm—So How Do I Get Out?
Highlights from HD Americas
Breakthrough Design at 100% Design in London
Product Focus: Beyond the Plank
Product Focus: Hands-On Shopping
Product Briefs
U.N. North Delegates’ Lounge
Stuart Weitzman Milan Flagship
Marc Jacobs Beauty
Monsieur Bleu
Bricks Over Clicks: Enhancing the In-Person Shopping Experience by Design
Designers Select: Tables and Casegoods
Ad Index
Small Project: A Sales Gallery Previews Zaha Hadid’s 62-Story Condo Tower in Miami

Contract - November 2013