It’s Good to spend time in the Big Boat

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

As I sit here on the plane back home from another AIA National Convention in Denver, I cannot help but feel enthused about my profession and the people within it.   Unfortunately, I did not get to spend as much time attending sessions and seminars as I had hoped, yet the level of inspiration I achieved was still very high. How might you ask? Well quite simple really… one word actually…people! I am motivated and inspired by the new people I have the privilege of meeting during the few days of convention.

Blue Bear is watching AIA Building Leaders

Blue Bear is watching AIA Building Leaders

This inspiration occurs on many levels. I get to spend time with old friends and discuss architecture and our lives as architects or involvement in the AEC industry. This is the biggest reason I attend conventions. It always has been in some way. It is a good feeling to jump into the boat with others in the field and realize we are all rowing towards a common goal. (Even if that goal is mere survival at times) This is often lost in our day to day activities and the ever increasing speed at which life now travels. Yet within the first few seconds of chatting with a colleague, the commonality of the architects life is evident.  But with the growth of social media and my increased involvement in that realm, I get to meet “friends” from online that I already feel like I instantly know. And I am always uplifted by these new acquaintances. I get to see others with the same struggles I face as a professional, Architect, and creative thinker. And that is something that everyone should be able to have; a sense of camaraderie with others in their profession. I know that as architects, we all seem to have a bit of an introverted streak within us. The difference is the amount that streak controls us. But it is nice to not feel like you are alone on an island.

Collage of Great People at AIA National Convention!!

Collage of Great People at AIA National Convention!!

Some of the other highlights of my time were getting to meet certain people at the convention.  I had the luck of meeting the two of the three keynote speakers. Cameron Sinclair was every present in the Emerging Professional Town Square (ETPS) and it was nice to meet him. He is quite charismatic. I also was fortunate enough to meet Gen. Colin Powell only a few minutes before I had to leave the convention for the airport. That was great. Only a short hello and handshake, but it was nice to hear him speak to others and see how easy going and personable he was with everyone in the EPTS.  I also got to meet several long time twitter friends for the first time and spend time getting to know them on another level.

Meeting Gen. Colin Powell

Meeting Gen. Colin Powell

Look for part two of my convention experience story… I was invited to the convention to do “work” in all actuality. Hanley Wood had contacted me some time back about doing app presentations in the EPTS on the expo floor. I agreed and they brought me to the show. And I thank them for the great opportunity.

PS  This post has been delayed due to all sorts of events since convention….and not solely my ability to procrastinate.

’til next time….

— Andrew Hawkins

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