It was very interesting to see just how huge an event the national AIA convention actually is. In addition to the enormous expo (just walking to the bathroom was an adventure), there were non-stop events in conjunction with the convention. It was a crazy week at Blitch/Knevel Architects as one of our projects was being toured by convention attendees, we hosted a reception for Notre Dame School of Architecture Alumni and our own office was on the walking tour, which brought us 125 guests over the course of Friday afternoon.
I was lucky enough to meet Melodee Futch, the Past National President of SDA on Wednesday to help set up the booth and then work the booth with Melodee, Liz and Cathy on Thursday. Most of the people stopping by the booth were not at all familiar with SDA so it was a great opportunity to get our message out there. The message below is one I sent in an email to Melodee and the other ladies on the convention committee about the impact our SDA booth had just in my own firm:
From Email to SDA National ladies:
I wanted to let you all know that on two different occasions yesterday, SDA was mentioned in a very positive light in our office - all because of our involvement at the AIA Convention.
First thing yesterday, one of our Senior Associates came to me to let me know that he thought it was great that the SDA was out there (he didn't even know it existed until he saw me at the convention), and that I was able to be involved in it.
Then later yesterday, I was called into a meeting with our two principals, who were struggling to figure out how to structure our administrative staff to best handle our current workload. Our President said that since I was involved in the SDA and talked with administrators in firms across the country, I could offer valuable insight. A conversation I had with an architect from Jacobs who stopped by the booth gave us some ideas for how we might solve our challenges.
I thought you all would like to know about that!
Sorry I cannot make this month's meeting - I'll see you all soon though!