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2020 President's Message

Hello my name is Andrew Thompson and I am humbled to be at your service as President of the AIA Newark and Suburban section of AIA New Jersey. I appreciate the more than seven years of personal growth from membership in AIANS and participation on the Board of Trustees. My long-time membership with the AIA started in Brooklyn, then AIA NYC. I have experience as a Board member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) having served on both National and local levels. Also, I was President of the New York City chapter of NYCOBA-NOMA.

Currently working as the Passaic County Architect in Passaic County I get the opportunity to work directly with local government, at times putting policies into the built environment. As one of three County architects in the state of New Jersey, I see a need for more architects to serve in local government - at the municipal, county or state level. I look to push the need for “Citizen Architect” in all facets of society.

Our Board is prepared to provide programming to provide continuing education credits as well as informative speaking engagements for our members. Our tours will provide insight into historic architecture in our area of NJ as well as looking into new projects that provide insight and showcase architectural design.

We will continue to pursue our partnerships with the AIAS chapters in our section. The J. Robert and Barbara A. Hillier College of Architecture and Design at NJIT and the Michael Graves School of Architecture at Kean University are the future of our organization and engagement must continue with our student members. AIANJ has put together a committee under the leadership of our Past President Ron Weston. AIANS will collaborate with him to strengthen those connections. We look forward to working with EpiC and showing interns and young architects the importance of serving the profession, becoming members of AIA Newark and Suburban and serving on our Board as trustees and future executive committee positions.

As we enter into 2020 and into a new decade, architects should look to contribute to civic or public duty in any way that they can.

I applaud AIA New Jersey as we celebrate Black History month. I will be the third African American President of the AIANS and LoriAnne Jones, one of the less than 500 African American female architects is serving as President of the AIA Central Jersey section.

If you are interested in serving on a committee, have a suggestion, or something you would like see, I look forward to hearing from you via [email protected] .