January 13, 2009
by Jessica Sheridan Assoc. AIA LEED AP

Event: Not Business As Usual
Location: Center for Architecture, 01.07.09
Organizers: AIANY; Center for Architecture Foundation

Not Business As Usual forum at the Center for Architecture.

Kristen Richards

As the economy takes a turn for the worse, AIANY and the Center for Architecture Foundation are taking the lead in bringing the architecture and design community together. “Not Business As Usual” initiative aims to create professional and community-based opportunities.

Regular lunchtime forums will cull ideas and progress reports will provide updates on developments in five themes: resume development and presentation skills; training programs; volunteer opportunities; advocacy; and employment listings. Now that two general meetings have taken place, attended by both employed and unemployed designers and professionals in related fields, each session will be devoted more specifically to efforts in each of the categories. A website co-developed by AIANY and The Architect’s Newspaper called “Exchange Place” will go live in the next couple of weeks that will post updates from the meetings and offer comprehensive free classified listings for people seeking jobs, space to rent, and collaborative opportunities

To participate in the forums check the AIANY calendar for upcoming meetings, or e-mail Suzanne Mecs, the AIANY Director of Membership, to get involved. To read about the first Not Business As Usual session, see “AIANY Reaches Out to Troubled Firms, Designers,” the Editor’s Soapbox in the 12.23.08 issue of e-Oculus.

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