In February of 1870, a group of seven local architects came together and established AIA Cincinnati. I am honored to continue their legacy by serving you as president of our chapter for 2020, as we celebrate our 150th anniversary. I have some big shoes to fill when I look at the list of previous AIA Cincinnati Presidents, not the least of whom is our outgoing President, Allison McKenzie, AIA. I know I speak for all of us when I express my gratitude for her leadership throughout 2019.

In addition to celebrating our 150th anniversary this year, we have many programs and events already on the calendar that align with the mission and vision of AIA Cincinnati, and that reflect the goals established by our Board of Directors at our retreat last November.

Our Mission:

AIA Cincinnati is the voice of the architectural profession and a resource for its members in service to society.

Our Vision

Driving positive change through the power of design.

Our Goals for 2020-2021:
  • Promote the involvement of architects in civic and community organizations. As architects we can influence the shape of our built environment through our unique ability to see the “big picture” as well as the details of an issue, and by using our design skills to offer creative solutions. Who better than an architect to serve on your Neighborhood Community Council or Zoning Committee, or the Facilities Committee of your church or synagogue? Take a look at the organizations, institutions and groups that are part of your life, and see where you can contribute the architect’s voice to influence our built environment. Help us to understand where we can be most effective by filling out an upcoming survey from our Advocacy Committee.
  • Elevate public awareness of the role of architecture in the public realm by engaging more community stakeholders with our programs and events. Watch for our upcoming Urban Design workshop on the Lick Run Project in the South Fairmount neighborhood.
  • Elevate public awareness of architects through traditional and digital media. Do you have thoughts about changes in our built environment? Consider writing an OpEd or Letter to the Editor. Start a conversation on our Facebook page, and follow us on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Help us to let the public hear our voice.
  • Engage more of our members in our programs, committees, knowledge communities, educational programs, and special events. Highlights of the year ahead include our 150th anniversary party in June, monthly lunch and learn programs, several urban design workshops, two design awards programs, and many professional development opportunities. Subscribe to our newsletter, Architext, to stay informed on all of these and more.
  • Reach out to those on the path to licensure. Are you a graduate of a school of architecture and working toward obtaining your architectural license? Or do you know someone who is? We’d love to connect! Let us know how we can support you on the path to becoming an architect, and register for our program in February with a representative from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) on the Architectural Experience Program, the Architect Registration Examination, and the benefits of holding an NCARB certificate.

As you can see these are ambitious goals! Are you interested in something not outlined above? Have an idea for a program or topic of conversation? Our Board is eager to hear suggestions or ideas and we are always looking for additional volunteers. Contact our Executive Director Julie Carpenter, to get started, or reach out to me directly.


Cynthia Williams, AIA

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