April 2017 Board Minutes


AIA CHICAGO Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 12:00‐1:30 pm

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250

Roll Call


Matthew Dumich (President)
Catherine Baker (Pres-Elect)
Robert Forest (Sponsorship)
Craig Brandt (Honors/Awards)
Brett Taylor (Advocacy)
April Hughes (Secretary)
Craig Cernek (Treasurer)
Laura Crane (Director)
Drew Deering (Director)
Laura Garcia (Director)
Jennifer Park (Director)
Edward Peck (Director)
Michael Pfeffer (Director)
Cameron Acheson (Assoc. Dir)
Vuk Vujovic (Assoc. Dir)
Patrick Donley (Affiliate Dir.)
Avi Mor (Affiliate Dir.)
Julia Mosqueda (Student Dir.)
Fred Brandstrader (IL Delegate)
Janeen Harrell (IL Delegate)
Jose Rodriguez (IL Delegate)

Zurich Esposito (Exec. VP)

Not Present:
Dawn Schuette (Past President)
Jessica Figenholtz (Director)

Meeting Minutes                                                                                                                                            

Guests Attending

Libby McClintock - YAF
Nate White - YAF

2. Approve December 2016 Board Meeting Minutes                                                                                                

ACTION: Motion by Michael Pfeffer, AIA; Brett Taylor, AIA/Fred Brandstrader, AIA; Approved by unanimous vote

3. AIA Illinois Prairie Grassroots Recap
                ACTION: Brett Taylor reported the advocacy successes and a look to continue to connect in home districts.  Matt Dumich,

FAIA noted Landscape Architects (ASLA) and Structural Engineers (SEAOI) also joined the group this year.

4. Young Architects Forum Update

ACTION: YAF Co-Chairs Libby McClintock and Nate White reviewed upcoming programs, including the Summer Intern Social at Aqua in June, and discussed how millennials play a large role in the YAF.

5. Committee Reports

a. President/ First Vice‐President

ACTION: Report of recent activities and initiatives presented by Matt Dumich, FAIA, and Catherine Baker, AIA, including AIA
position papers, housing resolution, and attendance at AIA National Grassroots Leadership Conference in Washington DC.

b. Executive Vice President Remarks

ACTION: Summary of upcoming programs/activities presented by Zurich Esposito, including updates on the Biennial, EXPO Chicago, Tiny Homes successes, CRAN conference, and upcoming Chicago THRIVES resiliency programming. Vuk Vujovic, AIA provided additional information on Chicago THRIVES.

c. Advocacy Committee

ACTION: Brett Taylor, AIA provided update on CWA collaborative event, Rebuilding Together and other advocacy related information.

d. Finance Committee

ACTION: Financial report presented by Craig Cernek, AIA

e. Honors & Awards Committee

ACTION: Design Excellence Awards jury, presented by Craig Brandt, AIA. A new online submission platform will be used starting this year.

f. Membership Committee

ACTION: April Hughes, AIA noted special Affiliate Committee to be convened in order to strategize on increasing Affiliate membership and retainage; June 22 New Member Reception at Eggersmann Showroom.

g. Sponsorship Committee

ACTION: Bob Forest, FAIA, presented report and invited all board members to participate in sponsorship solicitation activities; provided info on annual sponsors.

6.  AIA Illinois Report

ACTION: Honor awards are due this week, report by Janeen Harrell, AIA.

7. City of Chicago – Department of Buildings Working Group

ACTION: Laura Garcia, AIA provided information on the letter sent to the Chicago DOB and gave an update on the ‘Bad Contractor Ordinance.’

8. Other Business

ACTION: Catherine Baker, AIA noted the upcoming Burning Bridges Summit, focusing on infrastructure will be held in Chicago. Avi Mor, Affiliate Director noted that Lightfair will be held in Chicago in 2018.

9. Meeting Outcomes


Young Architects Forum presented annual planning calendar and communicated strategic initiatives focused on emerging professionals.
AIA Chicago Board focused on how to describe our advocacy efforts through communication of our core values and ongoing programming and initiatives already in place.
Sponsorship activities have focused on our Affiliate Members. The Membership committee to strategize on member value and benefits for Affiliates.
Look Ahead: Spring Programming kicks into full gear with AIA National Convention in Orlando (April), Small Project Awards (May) and the New Member Reception (June).

Documents Distributed

February 2017 Board Meeting Minutes
Financial Report
Sponsorship Report
Membership Report
Awards Jury
DOB Working Group Letter to Commissioner Frydland
AIA Resolution 17-3 – “Housing Humanity”
YAF 2017 Working Calendar

Upcoming Events

Next Board Meeting: Wednesday, April 19, AIA Chicago, 12:00pm
AIA Chicago/USGBC Chicago Thrives: Resilience Summit – Thursday, April 20, 1 North Wacker, 2nd Floor Conference Center
AIA National Convention: April 26-29, Orlando, Florida
Small Project Awards: Thursday, May 4, Architectural Artifacts