Since my return from the A’19 Conference in Las Vegas, my life has begun to return to normal. And by normal, I mean different. The emails are now at a normal level and the phone is being used only a small fraction of the time of only a week ago. For the better part of the last six months, I have spent many hours each day, campaigning for AIA First Vice-president/ President-elect. While the outcome was not as I had hoped, it’s time for me to adapt, adjust and focus on the many other ways that I can continue to contribute to the profession. I plan to hang around – the AIA has been the source of wonderful collaborations, great friendships, and significant pride. How could anyone walk away from all of that? The end of the story is not yet written.
While I try to figure out where I might be best able to contribute to the AIA membership, I do know what my first course of action must be – I need to thank each of you for your help and support over the past six months, and for a few others, for the past 20 or 30 years. In my speech at the A’19 Conference, I noted that we all know that we can do so many things better together, rather than alone. I really meant that, and my success has been in part due to the efforts of many others. I thank each off you who have supported me in both this campaign and my 30-year journey in the AIA. Your help means a lot. I also want to express my appreciation to those who not only supported me but spent time campaigning on my behalf and who worked hard to spread my message and allow others to get to know me. I know you made a difference. And finally, I want to thank those who already know that I could not have done this without them. You have my respect, admiration and lasting friendship. I cannot thank you enough!
As one door closes, others may soon open, and while a door might be closed one minute, it could be reopened a moment later. We never know. This post may go unseen by many, since the election is now well behind us and there is little reason to visit this site. But that’s ok. For those who do read this, however, you will know in your heart, how much I appreciate you and value all that you do.
Bruce Sekanick, FAIA