At this year's AIA elections, which will be held at the upcoming National Convention, in Atlanta, there will be a race for a new position, created with the restructuring of the board of directors, which was approved by the delegates at the 2014 convention. There are five candidates running for three seats on the new board, for the position of at-large director, to be elected by the membership. In addition to those three seats, three at-large directors will be elected by AIA's Strategic Council. All six newly elected at-large directors will serve three-year staggered terms beginning upon the adjournment of the annual meeting of the board in December. The AIA president may select a maximum of two individuals to serve as directors.

The ballots at the convention will include the following candidates running for 2016 AIA at-large directors: Jerome Eben, AIA; Jane Frederick, FAIA; Haley Gipe, Assoc. AIA; Anthony Schirripa, FAIA; and Jennifer Workman, AIA.

Meet the Candidates 
(responses in their own words)

Stephen Voss

Jerome Eben (AIA New Jersey)

I am running for member at-large director on the new AIA board. This is my 44th year [as a member] in the AIA. I have a lot of experience in terms of starting from the local committee level with all of the local officer-ships, all of the state officer-ships, and was the regional director from New Jersey to the AIA national board from 2011 to 2013.

Jane Frederick (AIA South Carolina)

I’m in a small firm, Frederick & Frederick, focusing on residential work with my husband. We relocated to South Carolina from Washington, D.C., 26 years ago. I’ve had a varied experience. In 1998, I ran for Congress unsuccessfully, but it opened a lot of doors for me. I sat on our state licensing board and was involved in a number of NCARB [National Council of Architectural Registration Boards] committees. Then, I got on NAAB [National Architectural Accrediting Board] visiting teams. I’ve done probably 12 visiting teams in the past 10 years. I was president of our state AIA board, and then I was on the national board until this past winter when we resigned and became the Strategic Council. I’ve had my fingers in all sorts of organizations. I think pulling those [experiences] together gives me a good understanding of the whole profession, our collaterals, and how we work together.

Haley Gipe (AIA San Joaquin/AIA California Council)
I’m an emerging professional and have been a member of AIA since 2008, so a relatively short amount of time. I have become involved early in my career. I’m from a relatively small chapter in Fresno, Calif., of about 100 members. I know what it’s like to be a small chapter struggling to keep numbers, do programming, and hold the value of membership in a small component. I’ve served at the local level doing programming and at the state level in a large state, and then nationally. I’ve got three different perspectives of membership and the member value experience. Not a lot of people have had the type of experience. I can identify with a lot of different aspects of the Institute and what members are asking for and what they need. The last few years, I’ve served as a voice for the associate members of the Institute so advocating for those people in the mix, on the path to licensure who are coming out of school and want to get involved.

Bob Wallace

Anthony Schirripa (AIA New York Chapter/AIA New York State)
I’m co-chairman of Mancini·Duffy, an architecture firm in Manhattan. I have been a registered architect since 1978. I was on the [national] board for three years from 2012 to 2014 [as a regional director for New York], and I played a key role in the restructuring of the governance model. I was on a task force that proposed the model that the board and ultimately the members adopted. I have been working on the secretary’s advisory committee all three years. That committee developed the by-laws and rules to make all that happen. We also were involved in the establishment of the AIA International Region and the formation of the chapter in Shanghai, China. I’m proud of that record and I feel that experience gives me some credibility to move forward. 

Nicholas McWhirter

Jennifer Workman (AIA Dallas/AIA Texas Society of Architects)
I was able to serve as a regional associate director on the National Associates Committee for several years. Then I got licensed right after that and the progression moved me into the Young Architects’ Forum. I was on that for five years. I was the communications advisor in charge of moving it into a magazine. And then I became chair. I wanted to get experience in other areas of leadership, so I started volunteering more for committees that were about bringing leadership to people, whether it was at the national or state level. 

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