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President's Message - Orlando Inspiration

Monday, May 22, 2017   (1 Comments)
Posted by: April Becerra

President's Report

Michelle Ney, AIA


This year's Conference on Architecture held in Orlando was magical. My calendar was full between Lunch with an Astronaut at the Kennedy Space Center, our Annual Business Meeting, voting for our national candidates and referendums, a Keys to the Kingdom backstage tour of The Magical Kingdom, continuing education seminars - one of which was the 25 year award to Pei Cobb Freed & Partners for their controversial Pyramid project at the Louvre presented by our own Dan Garber and AIA San Mateo President Heather Young. I went to the Walt Disney Theater in  downtown Orlando to witness AIASCV Past President Thang Do's Induction Ceremony into the College of Fellows. There were daily inspirational Keynotes, lots of parties, and plenty of sunshine.


Lunch with an Astronaut at Kennedy Space Center: what a fantastic series of displays and experiential presentations of our space program, including the actual Atlantis space shuttle, full scale rockets, and the largest space store in the known universe. The focus was clearly on our Future, encouraging our youth to engage in school and carry our space program to infinity and beyond.


Annual Business Meeting: the AIA is sound and financially solid, and is voicing taking a stand on issues of today focusing on Equity, sustainability, community, protection from the impact of climate change, economic opportunity, and investing in our future. Please check it out here:


Three referendums sponsored by our California Council were all passed, and as if the California Council has a crystal ball, all of the voting recommendations by AIACC went down according to plan.


Keys to the Kingdom: a private AIA tour through the Magic Kingdom and it's "Utilidor", the aptly named below grade utility corridor linking the facility's infrastructure, goods & services, and backstage talent seamlessly behind the scenes so as to never interfere with "the show".




Thang N. Do FAIA says...
Posted Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Thank you very much, President Michelle! I really appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule at the convention to come to the induction ceremony. It was a fabulous event. My own highlights at the convention were being on a bike tour to visit the "town" of Celebration, a Disney-created new urbanist development. Walked away with mixed feelings as to the success or lack thereof of that project; and meeting with Gene Leedy, a real "old timer", who worked with Paul Rudolph and was one of the founders of the Sarasota School of Architecture, somewhat akin with regional modernism in California; seeing some of the interesting homes he designed.