AIA Tennessee began 2019 by asking how we can do more to advance the profession in our state. As we look back on the accomplishments of this year, we are pleased to close this decade in a strong position to continue to increase support for our members in the years ahead.
Thanks to the efforts of our volunteers, board and staff, AIA Tennessee has adopted a new strategic plan that will guide the chapter’s work over the next three years. Through increased advocacy, this year the government relations committee advocated for the importance of licensure, repealed the $400 professional privilege tax on architects and built momentum for statewide historic tax credits. These initiatives position architects and the profession for continued growth in 2020 and beyond.
From a personal perspective, I want to express my sincere gratitude to all of you who have shared your ideas with me over the course of this year about opportunities to strengthen our profession, utilizing AIA as a platform for collaboration and innovation, and leveraging the power of design to create a better society for all. It has truly been a pleasure serving in this role and witnessing firsthand the depth of passion architects in Tennessee bring to their work in diverse roles across the state.
As we look toward the new year, please join me in welcoming Bob Franklin, AIA as the 2020 AIA Tennessee President. I look forward to his leadership.
Josh Flowers, FAIA
President, AIA Tennessee