A few days late, we’d like to wish everyone a happy start to the year 2023! It has certainly been quite an eventful start over here on the east side of the state with some record snow falls and record snow piles (snow fort competition anyone??). Of course with the fresh snow, the new year inspires a fresh start for setting new goals and dreaming exciting dreams of what could be for 2023! Make this the year to start an architectural book club, sketch more, get more involved in the community, sleep more, to name a few…
For the American Institute of Architects, the new year brings us the 99th, 7th female, and newly appointed AIA president, Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA. President Grandstaff-Rice is a senior project manager for Perkins & Will, Boston, with design experience in education, hospitality, institutional, and commercial projects. Up until her recently elected position, she has held a variety of leadership positions at AIA National, including an at-large director, a chair for the Equity and Future of Architecture Committee, a chair for the Equity in Architecture Commission, a Strategic Councilor, and the 2022 First Vice President. Along with her accomplishments and experience, her passions appear to be in equity, inclusion, sustainability, research, and evidence-based design. We are excited to see how she might bring these passions forward and inspire us all in year 2023.
Click the links below to get to know President Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA.
Emily-Grandstaff Rice AIA Interview Part 1
Emily-Grandstaff Rice AIA Interview Part 2
Cover Image: Paige McWhorter Photography
Kendra Hage, Associate AIA, is an Architectural Associate with CO-OP, Sioux Falls. She received her B.Arch from Iowa State University in 2017 with a focus on sustainability and environmental design. An Iowa native, Kendra commutes to Sioux Falls while living in the country outside of Inwood, Iowa with her husband, two boys, and their scottish highland – Celia. Outside of architecture, Kendra enjoys gardening, reading, and anything in the outdoors.