Campaigns for the AIA's leadership positions are heading into the final stretch; elections take place at the 2015 National Convention, which is right around the corner. Nine AIA members have declared candidacies for offices—three for the 2016 first vice president/2017 president-elect position, one for treasurer, and five for at-large directors. ARCHITECT caught up with all the candidates at AIA’s 2015 Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference, in March to discuss their platforms. This post is the first in a series leading up to convention to familiarize voters with the future set of AIA leaders.
The candidates for first vice president/president-elect are: Don Brown, FAIA; Stephen Fiskum, FAIA; and Thomas Vonier, FAIA. The candidate who wins this round takes over as vice-president in January, working with 2016 president Russ Davidson, FAIA, and becomes president in 2017.
Meet the Candidates
(profiles in their own words)
Don Brown (AIA Montgomery/AIA Alabama)
I’ve held a national chairmanship, a significant committee assignment, or been in an elected leadership position under the last eight AIA presidents. I’ve had responsibility and authority as a chair for the major things that we do: advocacy and knowledge. It’s been rewarding to work with intelligent people doing good things. I’ve learned a great deal and I think I’m prepared to take the next steps on the issues that matter.
Stephen Fiskum (AIA Minneapolis/AIA Minnesota)
Thomas Vonier (AIA Continental Europe)
I was born and raised in Wisconsin and then moved to Washington, D.C., after college. I had my first job there. As soon as I got licensed, I joined AIA. I was ambitious as a young guy and I got on the board of directors for the D.C. chapter. Pretty early on, I developed an appetite for working for AIA professionally. I went to Europe in 1989 through some work opportunities. After having been there for a year, there were quite a number of American architects in Europe and we had no chapter. I started an AIA chapter. Originally, the charter had 28 countries in it. Now, we have 32. I was the founder and first president of that chapter and then helped to establish chapters in the Middle East and in Shanghai. I got elected to the board of directors of AIA, and then as a vice-president.
Check out all candidate profiles here.