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Bruce W. Sekanick, AIA, from AIA Eastern Ohio, was elected 2017-2018 Secretary of the AIA National Board of Directors at 2016 AIA Convention in Philadelphia.  The election came as a result of a run-off vote by accredited delegates on Saturday.

Currently the chair of ArchiPAC, he previously served as chair the the Strategic Planning Committee, regional representative to the Strategic Council for 2015 and regional director on the Board of Directors from 2013 to 2014, both for the Ohio Valley Region. He was also president of AIA Ohio in 2010 and president of AIA Eastern Ohio in 1995.

"AIA can and should be the primary resource for members for knowledge, practice and process," Sekanick says. "We need to share our collective intellectual capital to strengthen the profession, and I look forward to making that happen as your AIA Secretary." As part of his candidate platform that was presented to AIA membership at the 2016 AIA National Convention, he noted that service to the Institute should be based on principles of service as opposed to a personal agenda.

The managing director and secretary-treasurer at Phillips/Sekanick Architects in Warren, Ohio, he received his B.Science and B.Arch. from Kent State University along with a Certificate in Urban Studies and Planning.  He also completed an Executive Certificate program in Leadership and Management in 2012 from the University of Notre Dame.

Architects are know specifically for their abilities to design and work with others in the construction industry to improve the built environment.  Lesser know to the public is the ability of architects to participate in public sector committees and organizations to help provide direction on issues related to design and construction.  The following members of chapter participate as Citizen Architects within local communities 

As of December 1, 2014 the following public positions were held by AIA Eastern Ohio member architects:

John DeFrance AIA   City of Youngstown, Design Review Board
    Trustee, Belmont Park Cemetary
Rodney Lamberson AIA   Design Review Committee, Wick Neighbors
    Vice Chair, Opera Western Reserve Board of Trustees
Kim Phillips AIA   Warren Redevelopment and Planning 
    City of Warren - Board of Appeals
    City of Warren - Planning Commission
Tim Thomas AIA   Secretary, Compass Family and Community Services
Bruce Sekanick AIA OAA     City of Warren - Board of Residential Appeals
    Catholic Diocese of Youngstown - Art and Architecture Committee

Join members in the design, planning, construction and building management professions on board the GOODTIME III cruise ship for an evening of informal networking, collegiality and fun!  Over 500+ attendees regularly attend and enjoy themselves on the cruise!  Passengers enjoy food and drink while the Goodtime III cruise ship navigates down the Cuyahoga River and out onto Lake Erie.  This event proves to be a terrific opportunity to network between members from multiple design organizations. Family, friends and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Associate Members of the AIA Eastern Ohio Chapter are working to expand both their testing and leadership opportunities by working within the chapter and establishing needed initiatives.  Working with firm principals, the AIA EOC |AAP along with Phillips|Sekanick Architects, has for the first time brought together members and non-members from a variety of firms to create a program that helps registration candidates move through the ARE process.  Combined with an effort at the local level to elevate Associate Members within the governance model, emerging professionals are working hand in hand with firms to develop new opportunities for the professions newest leaders.

AIA Cleveland is currently conducting a job search for a new Executive Director.  Those persons interested in the position can apply as indicated in the attached Job Posting and can forward their information to AIA Cleveland via the email indicated.  


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