Your august female fellows also find among us many former Girl Scouts-holding the same values and merit that have brought us to the College of Fellows.
Rona G. Rothenberg, FAIA
Government Architect, Oakland California
Girl Scout, 1960-70
College of Fellows, 2008
I have been watching this discussion for months now. While I have great respect for scouting and the lessons it teaches, it seems to me this whole dialog is very frivolous considering the state this country is currently in. The President has rolled back 8 years of hard work to set standards for air and water quality in this country. North Korea is threatening international nuclear war, major social issues are threatened and our democracy is under siege from our adversaries.
Don't you think we should have something to say on these important issues of the day?
Frankly, the number of former or current scouts who are Fellows is not high on my list of major issues>
Yes, with all due respect to the scouts and the Fellows involved in this conversation, it's embarrassing that the Fellows Digest has nothing more important to discuss at this time.
John Morris Dixon, FAIA
Thank you, Allyne Winderman and James McManus! Time to work on real issues instead of self-congratulating ourselves.
Okay, time for an alternative perspective. I became a Fellow in 2009, primarily due to my leading firms through a variety of difficult practice management and strategic planning issues, and for my contributions to the profession. I was also requested by the fathers of my Boy Scouts troop to leave the Boy Scouts when I was in 9th grade, as they thought I was a poor leadership model due solely to the fact that I never rose above a First Class scout nor pursued a single merit badge. I explained that awards and merit batches did not resonate with me even though I developed many of the skills, won many competitions and mentored others to achieve awards and merit badges that far outranked me.
Perhaps there is another aspect to leadership that is inherent in many of the architects with whom I interact: a natural questioning of tradition, conformity and values.
I look back on my scouting days fondly, even though I complied with the request to leave my troop. I also admired the Eagle Scouts in my troop, not for their achievement but for their dedication to their chosen goals. I simply wish that the "leaders" of our troop had been more openminded about various leadership paths and demonstrations of achievement.
Michael Strogoff, FAIA
Strogoff Consulting, Inc.
ownership transitions . mergers & acquisitions . practice management . leadership development . talent placement
Steven Lewis Principal
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Rather than talk amongst ourselves, perhaps it is time for AIA to involve the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC), and the Association of General Contractors (AGC) on this subject of what to do with our existing building stock and the AIA 2030 agenda and the advancement of the framework. Other organizations that could assist would be ASRHAE International and the US-Department of Energy/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for information and support from the energy side. From there, perhaps other materially affect organizations or parties can join over time. Thoughts?
Jonathan Humble, FAIA, NCARB, LEED BD+C