The most-read stories of 2017

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AIA's updated position statement on using "intern" as a title led to one of the most-read stories of the year.

Throughout 2017, provided its members with stories that informed, captivated, and shed new light on different areas of architecture. From trends in licensure support and the intern titling debate to Michelle Obama at A’17, these 10 stories were the most read by members this year.

Trends in licensure support at architecture firms

AIA Staff and NCARB Staff | March 6, 2017

A joint survey from AIA and NCARB revealed significant gaps between emerging professionals and their supervisors when it comes to licensure. This recap of its findings further illuminated how leaders in the profession can better support the growth of their EPs.

Intern no more: AIA supports two new titles for professionals pursuing licensure

Steve Cimino | March 22, 2017

In late 2016, an updated position statement from AIA’s Board of Directors clarified the Institute’s stance on the term “intern” and recommended two new titles for those pursuing licensure: “architectural associate” and “design professional.” Members of the AIA Intern Titling Work Group explain how this decision came about, along with their own viewpoints on past, present, and future use of “intern.”

How the revised AIA Contract Documents will affect your practice

Caitlin Sweeney | March 30, 2017

Every 10 years, AIA Contract Documents are reviewed and updated to keep up with industry trends. In this overview of 2017’s revisions, architects received a concise yet detailed overview of how the changes will impact their businesses.

Though much of Puerto Rico remains without power, Jonathan Marvel's efforts to bring solar to the island invigorated our members.

Three new leaders elected at AIA Conference on Architecture 2017

AIA Staff | April 27, 2017

At AIA Conference on Architecture 2017, three new leaders were elected. William J. Bates, FAIA, will represent AIA as 2018 First Vice President/2019 President-elect; Patrick P. Panetta, AIA, was elected 2018-2019 Treasurer; and Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA, became an At-large Director.

Michelle Obama speaks to A’17 on the impact of design

Steve Cimino | April 27, 2017

In her first post-White House speaking engagement, the former First Lady sat down with 2017 AIA President Thomas Vonier, FAIA, for a wide-ranging conversation that touched on diversity, gender, inequality, and Obama’s desire for young girls around the world to receive a proper education.

Three reasons why clients leave, and how to win them back

Howard J. Wolff | May 2, 2017

How do you bring lost clients back into the fold? And why did they depart in the first place? A marketing consultant for architecture and design firms offers his two cents on client communication and patching up potential problems.

Setting up emerging professionals for licensure and success

Korey White, AIA | June 30, 2017

Is getting an architecture license worth it? Are emerging professionals encouraged to pursue licensure? Different people at different stages of their career will provide different answers; this newly licensed member spoke to design professionals and architects alike in an attempt to bridge the gap.

Moderating economic growth triggers construction forecast downgrade for 2017 and 2018

Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA | July 18, 2017

In the mid-year update of AIA’s biannual Consensus Construction Forecast, AIA’s Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, offered a summary of how disappointing construction spending likely begets slower growth for the industry in late 2017 and through 2018.

For most A’17 attendees, the highlight of the conference was Thomas Vonier's interview with Michelle Obama.

The shifting architectural workforce: What does it mean for our future?

Craig Chamberlain, Assoc. AIA | October 18, 2017

Millennials are quickly becoming the majority in the architectural workforce; before long, they’ll set the prevailing culture. An emerging professional and millennial shares his thoughts on this shift, along with interviewing others at various levels in the profession to get their opinion on firm culture’s evolution.

Architect leads team to power Puerto Rico, post-Maria

Steve Cimino | October 24, 2017

Shortly after Puerto Rico was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, a team led by Jonathan Marvel, FAIA, began a quest to equip the island’s 78 municipalities with alternative energy source via solar panel installation and Tesla batteries.

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