Delegates to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) national convention in Atlanta elected Thomas V. Vonier, FAIA, (AIA Continental Europe) 2016 AIA First Vice President/2017 President at AIA. Jennifer Workman, AIA, L. Jane Frederick, FAIA, and Anthony P. Schirripa, FAIA, have been elected to serve as the At-large Director; Stuart L. Coppedge, AIA, has been elected 2016–2017 Treasurer.
Three additional At-large Directors were elected by the Strategic Council on in advance of AIA Convention 2015. They were Thierry Paret, FAIA (AIA Middle East), Donald King, FAIA, and Deepika Padam, AIA
Currently serving as 2014–2015 AIA Vice President, Vonier is also the founder and past president of AIA Continental Europe from 1994 to 1995. He served on the AIA Board of Directors representing the AIA International Region from 2010 to 2012. Vonier received an M.Arch. and a B.Arch. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee after attending the school of architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also currently Secretary General of the International Union of Architects, after previously serving as its Vice President.
Tom Vonier, FAIA and Thierry Paret, FAIA will be the only two serving board members from the international region.
The AIA National Board is responsible for providing operational and fiduciary management of the Institute. The newly reduced board will be made up of:
- Four Elected Officers (elected by the delegates at the annual convention)
o AIA President (one-year term)
o First Vice President/President-Elect (one-year term, then automatically succeeding to the Presidency)
o Secretary (two-year term)
o Treasurer (two-year term)
- Six At-Large Directors
o Three At-Large Directors elected by the delegates at the annual convention (three-year terms)
o Three At-Large Directors elected by the Strategic Council (one to three-year terms)
o The President will also select subject to Board approval the three directors listed below (terms no longer than the selecting President’s term)
- Associate Director (two-year term)
- A CACE Director (one-year term)
- A Student Director
- The AIA’s EVP/Chief Executive Officer (a non-voting member)
The votes have been vetted by the AIA’s Legal Counsel in Washington DC for the offices of First Vice President/President and Treasurer for the International Region.
Thierry Paret, FAIA was elected as First Vice President for 2016-2017 and President for 2017-2018 and Loay Quota, AIA was elected as Treasurer for 2016-2017. The two former AIA Middle East Chapter Presidents will work with the International Region’s board of Directors to further develop the AIA’s international initiatives.
The 2015 AIA International Region Conference will be jointly organized
with the AIA Japan Chapter. This Conference both provides a unique opportunity
to visit the beautiful city of Kyoto and a spectacular program encompassing
presentations by world class Japanese Architects. For further information, please go to
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We look forward to seeing you in Kyoto!