Both Marco Praga and Jose Salinas are included in the page for the AIA International region. See the following links:
Dear Mr CASTAÑEDAI am the president of the AIA International Region. I am confirm that the communication you received is legitimate, and is on behalf of the AIA International Region. It may help if I explain a few things.
Firstly, 'AIAX' refers to the membership designation used by AIA National AIAX refers to Unassigned Members (hence the 'X'). Unassigned means that the AIA member is not a member of an AIA Chapter, and is therefore part of the International Region. The International Region comprises 7 chapters and several hundred Unassigned Members. The nature of the AIA is that members receive most of their benefits through their chapter connection. In the International Region we have been trying to improve the member experience of Unassigned Members, and towards this end we have established a Country Representative program to better connect with Unassigned AIA members. Margo Praga is the Country Representative for Colombia. Jose Salinas, from Costa Rica, is one of two Directors on the AIA International Region Board, with specific responsibilities for Unassigned Members. Please refer to the International Region website at https://www.aiainternational.org/board. You will see that we have Country Representatives in 15 countries, and 3 Regional Representatives.With regard contact information, our records are incomplete for a small percentage of members. For some we have email addresses, but not countries of residence. For others we have countries of residence, but not email addresses. All of the Country Representatives are trying to make contact with AIA members in their countries in an effort to better integrate them with the AIA.I would be pleased to continue the conversation with you over the weekend offline. I have listed my email address and WhatsApp number belowRegards
Dear Mr. Castaneda,Mr. Praga is actually a country representative of the AIA International Region as noted by the current president of the AIA International Region, Lester Korzilius.We regret that Mr. Praga's communication inconvenienced you. The AIA will need to increase member awareness of the International Region and it's rapid development across the world.Wishing you the best,Thierry Paret, FAIA, NCARB, RIBA, ARB, MRIAI, LEED AP Immediate Past President 2020-2021AIA International RegionE - email@example.comChair 2019-2020AIA Global Strategy Development Task Force
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Dear Mr. Tellez,
Thank you for letting AIA know of your concerns and reservations about the contact that was made to you by a country representative of the International Region (IR). We share your concerns about how this was handled and the lack of advance notice and clarity about the purpose for which the contact was made.
This was discussed at the IR Board meeting this week and your feedback has been noted by them. In the meantime, please accept our sincere apologies for this misstep. AIA always favors full and clear disclosure of the purpose for organizational outreach, regardless of the regions and components from which it comes.
Have a good week and know that AIA will work to ensure clarity moving forward.
Thank you, Sarah Dodge
Sarah DodgeSr. Vice President of Advocacy & RelationshipsThe American Institute of Architects1735 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20006T (202) 626 7309M (703) 405 firstname.lastname@example.org