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Mar 14, 2019

AIA Visits Capitol Hill during AIA Grassroots

A dozen members of AIA Massachusetts joined 600 colleagues in visiting each of our state’s legislators on Capitol Hill last week to advocate for architects and architecture excellence.

In addition to lobbying for national issues on energy efficiency and school safety, we shared the booklet “Right Now in Massachusetts” that showcases model projects in each congressional district that advance important ideas to improve the built environment.

The remaining two days of AIA Grassroots was dedicated to helping members become stronger leaders. The program featured presentations from Mayors & Architects working together, a keynote by Presidential Historian/Author Doris Kearns Goodwin, and sessions on critical leadership issues within AIA including a presentation by BSA member and Director-at-Large AIA Board member Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA, with BSA President-Elect Natasha Espada AIA on “Introducing…. The New Guides for Equitable Practice.”

AIA Massachusetts was represented at AIA Grassroots by:

Ludmilla Pavlova AIA

Western MA AIA President
Helen Fantini AIA

Western MA AIA Past-President
Lorin Starr

Western MA AIA Executive Director

Darrell Swanson AIA

Central MA Vice President/President-Elect

Natasha Espada AIA
BSA/AIA President-Elect
Andrea Love AIA

BSA/AIA Vice President for Advocacy
Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA

AIA Director-at-Large
Stephanie Herring Assoc. AIA

AIA Vice Chair of the National Associates Committee
Danielle McDonough AIA

AIA Strategic Council Representative
Ted Touloukian AIA

BSA Foundation Chair
Peter Kuttner FAIA

AIA College of Fellows Vice Chancellor
Eric White

BSA Executive Director

John Nunnari

AIA Massachusetts Executive Director