William J. Bates, FAIA, elected 2019 AIA President
William J. Bates, FAIA, from AIA Pittsburgh/AIA Pennsylvania,
was elected 2018 First Vice President/2019 President-elect.
He has served as a member of the Board of Directors since
2011, along with stints as a vice president and the chair of the
Board Community Committee from 2015-2016. In 1991 and again in 2010
he served as president of AIA Pennsylvania; he was also president
of AIA Pittsburgh in 1987.
"As a profession, we solve our clients' problems by listening and
synthesizing solutions," Bates says. "These are the skills that we
need to apply internally to make our profession more prosperous and
inclusive for the next generation."
The vice president of real estate at Eat'n Park Hospitality Group,
Inc., and an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University, he
received his B.Arch. from the University of Notre Dame and pursued
graduate studies in Construction Management at both Pennsylvania
State University and the Harvard Graduate School of
Patrick P. Panetta, AIA, from AIA Phoenix
Metro/AIA Arizona, was elected 2018-2019 Treasurer. He is currently
serving as a director of AIA Western Mountain Region and as a
member of the AIA Strategic Council; in 2016 he served as the
co-chair of the Council's Political Influence Study Group. He is
also a member of the AIA Board Finance Committee and the AIA Board
Government Advocacy Committee.
"I am enthusiastic about the recent re-organization of Institute
expenditures into programmatic portfolios," says Panetta, "and look
forward to working closely with Institute staff to monitor and
measure the effectiveness of each portfolio, suggesting any changes
or modifications to budgeting and spending that might increase the
quality and efficient delivery of member services."
The director of real estate project management at Arizona State
University, he received his B.Arch. from the University of Miami
and his MBA from the University of Arizona.
Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA, from the Boston
Society of Architects-AIA/AIA Massachusetts, was elected an
At-large Director. She served as the 2014 President of the
Boston Society of Architects and was a member of their Board of
Directors from 2009-2015. Her AIA service includes chairing the
Equity and Future of Architecture Committee, Equity in Architecture
Commission, Continuing Education Committee and as a member of the
Culture Collective and Young Architects Forum.
"The AIA was created to support architects as a community of
peers and a collective voice in shaping the built environment,"
said Grandstaff-Rice. "We have the ability, through our day-to-day
work as knowledge experts and community members, to testify to and
expand the power of design in shaping a better future for all."
A senior associate at Arrowstreet in Boston, she received a B.S.
and B.Arch. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master's
degree in Educational Technology from Harvard University.
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