Letter from AIAVT's 2024 President, Nathalia Ellis, AIA

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Dear AIAVT Members and Friends,

We are starting the year stronger than ever. In 2023, thanks to the passionate work of previous presidents and volunteers, we were able to raise the bar in many ways. AIA Vermont is fortunate to have a strong group of people who are dedicated to making a positive impact, and who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that our profession and our community are in good standing.

2023 saw us become deeply involved in flood remediation, as well as in legislative efforts regarding affordable housing, funding for our schools, energy codes, climate action, and so much more.  AIAVT secured the services of a lobbyist to help us reach our goals, and to truly become an advocacy organization. We also celebrated our 75th anniversary!  Approximately 175 people gathered in December at Hula and it was a truly heart-warming event. Thank you all who were able to make it!

We are starting the year strong. We are starting the year together. And for all of you who are passionate about our profession and our community — and have ideas on how to make it better — we are here to support you. Make your voice heard, join a committee, and keep an eye out for grants and scholarships, as well as for learning and networking opportunities. We are stronger together. Reach out to us and share your ideas: info@aiavt.org

Let’s take advantage of this great momentum that we currently have. We are here to shake things up a bit, work hard and have fun, leave the past few years of isolation and uncertainty behind, and to dedicate our time to things that truly matter.

Here’s to an amazing 2024 for all of us! 

Nathalia Ellis, AIA

AIA Vermont Chapter President

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