I asked Sacha how she become interested in AIA? This is what she shared . . .
I initially got involved with AIA through their student organization, AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students). I was involved in the AIAS – Arizona chapter for 3 years; my first year I was a general member and wanted to see what opportunities the organization would provide. During that time, I went to the AIAS 2017 Forum in Austin, Texas which inspired me to become more engaged with the organization, as it talked about shaping the profession and architecture curriculum and provided the chance to network with students and professionals from across the country.
After the conference I knew that I wanted to serve on the board of directors for my chapter and took on the position of AIAS NCARB Student Advisor. Over a 2-year period, I was responsible for aiding and assisting students in beginning their licensure journey. While on the licensure path myself, I have been able to teach students what the process looks like, what to expect, and how to start their AXP record.
When I was nominated to fill the Associate Director position for Southern Arizona, I knew this would be an opportunity for me to continue my work in aiding young professionals reach their licensure and goals. As a recent graduate, I understand the challenges in balancing school, professional and career development, and personal life, and I believe that I can use that experience to guide and empathize with future generations of young architects. I’m beginning my career at a time of uncertainty, however I’m eager to learn from fellow AIA members and contribute to shaping the industry of architecture moving forward. I look forward to growing in this position and building relationships both in the Southern Arizona and state level chapters.
Thank you Sacha for representing and being a mentor to others. We admire your Leadership.