AIA members attending the Institute’s annual Convention, held last week in Philadelphia, had the opportunity to vote for the elected board positions of 2017 first vice president/2018 president-elect, 2017-2018 secretary, and 2017-2019 at-large director. During the event’s closing keynote on May 21, the AIA announced the winners:
2017 First Vice President/2018 President-Elect: Carl Elefante, FAIA
Elefante, is a principal of Quinn Evans Architects in Washington, D.C., with a focus on sustainability. “Improving building performance must become a core competency for all architects,” he told ARCHITECT by email earlier this month. “Each of us will be called upon to contribute regardless of firm size, project type, community context, and region. We have the technology and know-how.” Elefante was previously the regional director of the Institute’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Council, and president of AIA Maryland and AIA Potomac Valley. He has a B.Arch. from the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.
2017-2019 At-Large Director: Peter J. Exley, FAIA
Exley is an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a co-founder and director of architecture at Architecture is Fun, in Chicago. He is also the Illinois regional representative on the AIA Strategic Council, chairs the Public Awareness Campaign Subcommittee of the Institute’s Public Outreach Committee, and is a board liaison for the Young Architects Forum. “Whether we make small or big buildings, create interiors, teach or write about architecture, work in the public realm or the private sector, in the city, the town or in small communities, each of us is an advocate for design excellence,” he said in a statement. Exley has an M.Arch. from the University of Pennsylvania.
2017-2018 Secretary: Bruce W. Sekanick, AIA
Sekanick is a principal architect and managing director of Phillips|Sekanick Architects, in Warren, Ohio. He has previously served on the boards of AIA National, as well as AIA Ohio, AIA Ohio Valley, and AIA Eastern Ohio. His firm was named a 2014–2017 IPD Firm Award recipient. Sekanick has a B.Arch. from Kent State University.