Note From President
Greetings Members, Future-members, Colleagues, and Friends,
Happy New Year and welcome to 2023! I’m excited, honored, and humbled to be your AIA Rhode Island President for 2023. We all know that Rhode Island is one of the most important epicenters of creative capital in the continental U.S. I know, we do try to keep this a secret, but every now and then it is time to show off.
At AIAri, we have an excellent and experienced board of directors and committee leadership in place. We have stronger than ever relationships with government officials, the other New England chapters, and local design groups. Our emerging leaders and associate members have been very active and effective; they are so important during these pivotal times!
As William Gibson once said “The future is already here. It’s just not evenly distributed yet.” Many of you have blazed a trail in establishing new diversity and inclusion initiatives, legislation, stretch codes, and incentives. Because of your efforts, we are at a turning point with climate change and climate justice, and we have an unparalleled opportunity to make a greater impact both within Rhode and across the country.
I urge all to take advantage of the numerous resources in AIAri; join a committee, offer a program/lecture, come network at an event, or reach out with a suggestion. It is truly here, in these places, that your AIA membership can transform your professional career.
I want to thank Nick and the board for their excellent leadership over the last couple of challenging years. The chapter is stronger than ever because of their efforts.
It is clearly time for Architects to lead the way! A tsunami of opportunity is coming to make our communities stronger, greener, more resilient and more design focused. What better place to “Discover” and design new ways of distributing the future than here in “Beautiful Rhode Island”!
Frank Mruk, FAIA
2023 President, AIA Rhode Island