Reflections on 2018

A Letter to the Membership from 2018 AIA Cincinnati President Gregory P. Tilsley, AIA

It seems like only yesterday that my term as president started but now it has come to a close and I am proud and honored to have served this great organization.  

Starting last year when my father, the 1978 AIA president, inducted me to my post, it reminded me of the many talented and dedicated architects before me that have worked hard to advance the profession through the AIA. Their contributions serve as examples to all of us, the important responsibilities we have as Architects to strive for excellence. We are all part of this noble profession that continues to push the boundaries of convention and shape our communities in new and better ways.

For me personally, the AIA is much more than having three letters behind my name, it is a place where I find fellowship, knowledge and motivation for improving as a professional. Through active participation I have been able to reap countless benefits and become a better architect.  Only by getting involved and actively participating can you take full advantage of what the AIA has to offer and I encourage everyone to make the most of their membership.

Last year, we were thrilled to have opened the Cincinnati Center for Architecture and Design after much time and hard work by many. The idea began in an effort to provide greater visibility for the AIA and to advance the goals of the Five Year Strategic Plan. Our intent is to make the Center a community resource for Cincinnati’s Design professionals, as well as to the public. It is not only administrative and meeting space for the AIA, but more importantly, a place that can elevate awareness of the impact of Architecture and Design on the City and the Region. The Center features several multifunctional spaces that can provide great flexibility for different activities and events. New Programs and Activities are in the planning stages, taking advantage of our new space as we continue to move forward with the momentum of past successes. I look forward to seeing you there.

Located in the Heart of Over the Rhine, we are close to Music Hall, Washington Park and many of the Arts and entertainment venues in the City. It is in a vibrant neighborhood that has experienced a great renaissance in recent years and is part of the emerging creative community.

In addition to the AIA calling this new space home, we are sharing it with our Cincinnati Design Award partners, ASID, IIDA, ASLA & SEGD, who are financially contributing to the expenses of 

running and operating the Center. This income, along with our fundraising events and generous contributions from sponsors, is enabling us to pay the expenses of the Center and to balance our budget. 

Along with the exciting Grand Opening of our Center last May, the AIA continued to provide great value and services to its members through high quality educational programs, lectures, advocacy efforts, building tours, community outreach programs, social networking, as well as the very successful and nationally recognized Vision program that is in is in its 9th year of fostering the next generation of leaders in our profession.   

There is great promise with much to look forward to in our profession and the AIA is continuing to work hard to provide the necessary resources to lead the way. It has been a pleasure to play a part in advancing our mission and I would like to thank the Board and all the AIA Cincinnati members for the opportunity to serve as President. Because of the dedication of its members and support from the sponsors, AIA Cincinnati is on the right path for continued growth and great success for many years to come. I look forward to seeing where it goes from here.


Gregory P. Tilsley, AIA
2018 President AIA Cincinnati

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