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AIA’s GrassRoots Meeting


The American Institute of Architects recently held their annual GrassRoots meeting in Washington, D.C. The three-day conference took place at the Grand Hyatt and was attended by over 600 leaders and decision makers from the U.S. and abroad. This annual event provides educational and motivating insight to the value of AIA and their local components to the communities they service. The AIA is the largest organization for the architectural profession in the U.S. with over 90,000 members across fifty states. GrassRoots is an exclusive opportunity for AIA leaders to foster professional connections, participate in leadership development workshops, and learn more about the AIA’s expanding advocacy role on national and local levels.

Joe Pagac, AIA, of the local AIA Peconic component, attended this year’s conference and gained inspiration and knowledge on a range of topics including ways to establish support and resources for the emerging professionals and associate members of AIA Peconic who are seeking licensure. Future strategic planning for AIA Peconic is a goal for the 2017 Executive Committee and there were workshops dedicated to this topic. Emphasis was placed on AIA members playing active roles on local issues by forming coalitions with stakeholders, local officials, and communities to promote positive change. On the East End, these issues include new local energy codes, advanced septic systems, Riverside revitalization planning initiatives, and generally increasing public awareness of having an AIA component in the community to help lead on similar topics that architects are uniquely trained for.

Look for more exciting programs being presented by AIA Peconic this year. An events calendar is posted on the AIA Peconic website (www.AIAPeconic.org) and highlights can also be seen on Facebook. The application deadline for the Anthony DiSunno AIA 2017 Scholarship Program is May 12 and we are encouraging high school students from the five east end towns to apply and let AIA Peconic help toward their future in the world of architecture. The chapter encourages new members whom can join as Professionals, Associates, or Allied members, such as contractors, engineers, and others in the design field. 

Joe Pagac 27506Joseph Pagac AIA was an AIA Peconic Scholarship winner while pursuing his Masters in Architecture at Parsons The New School and currently serves as Treasurer for AIA Peconic as well as being principal of his firm, Joseph Pagac Architect, P.C., with an office in downtown Riverhead.





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