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President’s Message

Jacob D. Rivalsi, AIA


The Long Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects was established in 1954. For well over six decades, the chapter has worked to fulfill its mission:

“…to Support our Members, Advance the Profession of Architecture, and to Promote its Value

to Society.”

The chapter has remained a robust and relevant organization, not because it has relied on of the

efforts of our predecessors, and strictly adhered to the routines of the past. Rather, the chapter

has thrived, because it has remained true to the spirit of the mission, while actively working meet

the challenges of the future.

Throughout this past year, the board of directors has worked hard to ensure the chapter continues to evolve with the industry and the wider world. We conducted a day-long Strategic Planning retreat to focus on the big-picture and commit to long-term goals. The Government Affairs Committee has consistently met with local lawmakers to ensure the profession is considered as legislation is being crafted. We have worked to engage new members, thru the Emerging Professionals Committee and the Woman in Architecture Committee. And of course, we are continually

updating our programs and events to meet the changing needs of our members.

One initiative that may not be so apparent, is the comprehensive review and revision of the bylaws. The proposed revisions have been accounted in detail within this special edition of the chapter newsletter, for your review.

Many of the revisions were necessary to comply with AIA National standards, like redefining some of the categories of membership. Other amendments will help to modernize our operations, such as allowing email for official communications, and providing for proxy voting.

There are also some real substantive changes that will significantly improve the chapters ability to serve its members. Board positions that have become obsolete over the years will be eliminated, to reflect the actual composition of the board. To borrow best-practices from neighboring chapter, some terms of office will be extended, to promote greater continuity in leadership. A regular financial review schedule is written into the revised bylaws, to ensure greater oversight and accountability. All with the intent of, promoting efficiencies, strengthening the organization,

and better serving our members.

Admittedly, the bylaws are not the most exciting or compelling aspect of your membership in the AIA. They are however, an incredibly important for a well-functioning and responsive chapter.

On Thursday, January 17, 2019, Long Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects will be conducting its annual meeting. It is incredibly important that we have the participation of all our members.

It is an opportunity for you to take an active part in your chapter. I hope to see everyone there.

Thank you for the honor of serving as the chapter president.


Jake Rivalsi, AIA, Long Island Chapter, President, 2018