AIArchitect, the email newsletter of the American Institute of Architects, has dedicated today’s issue to what it calls “emerging professionals”–those AIA members within their first ten years of licensed practice. The image above–“Allow time for volunteering opportunities”–is presented as one of “10 Ways Architects Can Support the Next Generation.” With this infographic and message, the AIA sadly, if accurately positions service to the public as outside the traditional practice of architecture and the licensure process as they exist today. (The lone mention of pro bono service links to a June 2007 document, adapted from an even older AIArchitect article.)
The AIA could do so much more to encourage and facilitate public service and lifelong careers of service. It need not look much further than the example provided by the American Bar Association, which runs a decade’s old Center for Pro Bono, supports a cadre of public interest lawyers, and innumerable other related efforts internally and externally. Thankfully, a small, but vibrant breed of public interest architectural internships provide viable models, just begging to be replicated and scaled. Bridging the Gap: Public-Interest Architectural Internships, a new book edited by Georgia Bizios and Katie Wakeford, catalogs those many of those models, as profiled here and here previously.
Click here to view AIArchitect’s infographics on emerging professionals.