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AIA Newark & Suburban to Host AIA National 2018 President

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Carl Elefante, FAIA 

National AIA President, 2018


AIA Newark & Suburban :  General Meeting #3

Design Impact Matters – Architects Shape Lives

2017 presents a changing landscape, as concerns over environmental decline, increasing atmospheric carbon, and competition for resources mount. At the same time, creative and courageous people are forging new pathways full of promise and hope. More and more research demonstrates the impact which the built environment has on many of the most daunting challenges, and also, how important transforming the built environment is in resolving them.

In 2015 and 2016, more than 200 nations including the Unites States came together to address these issues head on. In December 2015, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change was adopted, mapping out strategies to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In May 2016, Habitat III, conducted in Quito, Ecuador, adopted the New Urban Agenda which embraces the importance of urbanization in meeting human needs and correcting unintended consequences.

To achieve Paris Agreement targets and advance the New Urban Agenda, architects are called to retool how buildings are designed, constructed, and operated and to shape better lives for the clients and communities we serve: everything; everywhere; everyone.

Architects shape lives. By accepting the mandates of the Paris Agreement and New Urban Agenda, architecture’s relevance, value, and prosperity are secured for a generation or more. How will architects respond?


Location:  Mountain Lakes Club    18 Lake Drive, Mountain Lakes, NJ  07046



6-7 Networking/Cash Bar

7-9 Dinner/Presentation

1.5 LUs

AIA Newark & Suburban Members (Regular, Associate and Allied) FREE:  register HERE

Students, $25 when attending with a member register HERE

All Others:  $50.  You will be contacted for payment after you register HERE

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AIA Announces the 2018 President-Elect


Congratulations Carl Elefante, FAIA!
AIA 2017 First Vice President / 2018 President-Elect

The AIA Announces Carl Elefante as 2018 President

The Institute also named a new secretary and at-large director during its annual meeting, held in Philadelphia last week.

AIA members attending the Institute’s annual Convention, held last week in Philadelphia, had the opportunity to vote for the elected board positions of 2017 first vice president/2018 president-elect, 2017-2018 secretary, and 2017-2019 at-large director. During the event’s closing keynote on May 21, the AIA announced the winners:

2017 First Vice President/2018 President-Elect: Carl Elefante, FAIA
Elefante, is a principal of Quinn Evans Architects in Washington, D.C., with a focus on sustainability. “Improving building performance must become a core competency for all architects,” he told ARCHITECT by email earlier this month. “Each of us will be called upon to contribute regardless of firm size, project type, community context, and region. We have the technology and know-how.” Elefante was previously the regional director of the Institute’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Council, and president of AIA Maryland and AIA Potomac Valley. He has a B.Arch. from the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

2017-2019 At-Large Director: Peter J. Exley, FAIA
Exley is an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a co-founder and director of architecture at Architecture is Fun, in Chicago. He is also the Illinois regional representative on the AIA Strategic Council, chairs the Public Awareness Campaign Subcommittee of the Institute’s Public Outreach Committee, and is a board liaison for the Young Architects Forum. “Whether we make small or big buildings, create interiors, teach or write about architecture, work in the public realm or the private sector, in the city, the town or in small communities, each of us is an advocate for design excellence,” he said in a statement. Exley has an M.Arch. from the University of Pennsylvania.

2017-2018 Secretary: Bruce W. Sekanick, AIA
Sekanick is a principal architect and managing director of Phillips|Sekanick Architects, in Warren, Ohio. He has previously served on the boards of AIA National, as well as AIA Ohio, AIA Ohio Valley, and AIA Eastern Ohio. His firm was named a 2014–2017 IPD Firm Award recipient. Sekanick has a B.Arch. from Kent State University.

Read full article here.