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AIA Big Sibs

The AIA chapters known as Big Sibs – those having 1000 or more members – gather each Fall to exchange ideas and best practices, and discuss issues of common concern. This year, the group’s discussion focused on AIA Repositioning, to meet the goals set in the “Resolution of Support for AIA Repositioning with Recommendations for Rapid and Comprehensive Actions” adopted at the national Convention in June 2013.

On October 18, 2013 the Big Sibs met at the headquarters of the Boston Society of Architects/AIA for a full-day workshop to develop recommendations regarding Repositioning. Thirteen chapters participated: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, Northern Virginia, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC. (Los Angeles and Portland were unable to attend.) Also in attendance as resources and observers were several AIA staff leaders, a representative of Kotter International, and President-elect Helene Combs Dreiling FAIA.

A report summarizing the proceedings and recommendations of this meeting was submitted to the AIA National Board of Directors on November 4, 2013.  Below are links to additional materials from the meeting.

Questions may be directed to Ann Fienman, BSA Managing Director at 617-391-4009 or

Reference materials