The last AIA SD Convention’s theme was rural resiliency. At that time, we didn’t know the challenges that lie ahead. I keep coming back to the idea though. I have hope that our state will bounce back. Midwesterners are known for their toughness and ability to weather the storms: their resiliency. This year’s spring meeting was evidence of that attitude. The plan was to hold the meeting in Brookings hosted by SDSU’s chapter of AIAS. The students had put time and thought into an informative agenda. Social distancing upended that plan.
The solution? Between 25 & 30 students and professionals participated in a GoTo Meeting on Wednesday afternoon. The business meeting lasted an hour. The students, led by AIAS president, Karianna Larson, led discussion about the impact of COVID-19 on the profession, working, design, and sought advice for graduating students. There could have been another hour or two devoted to back-and-forth conversation.
Current events have required creativity, and this meeting was no different. Adapting to the available platform, the students and professionals in South Dakota were able to have a meaningful conversation. I, for one, felt a renewed sense of hope.
It is important to remember that this too shall pass. When it does, I am confident that the state of South Dakota will bounce back. The resiliency of our state and its people will be proven once again.
In the interest of keeping the conversation going, to list questions we didn’t have time for, and to involve anyone who wasn’t able to attend the meeting, we have listed the questions below. Please comment below your thoughts and additional questions.
Photo credit: Angela Lammers, SD AIA Executive Director
COVID-19 Related Questions
- How has COVID-19 impacted your collaborative process and group dynamic?
- How has this impacted relationships with clients?
- How do you think what is going on right now will affect the profession of architecture?
- What type architectural ideas do you think will come out of this era?
- What are some ways that you think we can benefit from this “stay-at-home” “social distancing” experience?
General Questions (from Students to Professionals)
- What skills/characteristics do you look for in a new employee?
- How do you go about establishing a new employee in your firm?
- What was your experience like transitioning from school to the profession and do you have any advice for students as they go through that process?
Since graduating from Kansas State in 2012, Liz has gained experience from a variety of fields within the building industry. From drafting at a metal building manufacturer to working at architecture firms to assisting a real estate broker/developer, she has always had a passion for influencing the built environment. As a designer at Schemmer, Liz enjoys learning new things and refining her skills with help from other licensed professionals. She is pursuing an architectural license and hopes to continue to shape the spaces and places around her in a positive way.