Monday, February 15, 2010

AfH Chicago Chapter Meeting Tomorrow

Architecture for Humanity Chicago Chapter's monthly meeting will be held tomorrow evening at 6:30 at Brehon Pub, 731 N. Wells. This is the first meeting since the fundraiser last month from which 10% of the proceeds went to AfH's Haiti effort. Many initiatives were brought up including the new competition-winning logo design that was sent to AfH HQ for approval, the announcement that the Chicago Chapter has been selected as one of three Regional Offices, and the launch of the new Chicago Chapter website.

Logo Design by Preema Modi.

According to Communications Committee Co-chair Geoff Malia, being selected as a Regional Office does three important things for the Chapter. It will have its own 501(c)(3) status, it will have its own professional and general liability insurance which means it will now have the ability to provide full architectural services through construction, and lastly it will be able to maintain its own bank account to fund projects. 

The world, and more specifically the profession, is still abuzz about aid and rebuilding efforts for Haiti. AfH HQ is dedicated to focusing its efforts on providing long-term sustainable solutions. At the local level, the Chicago Chapter has been working closely with Peter Exley on Chicago's contribution to Pecha Kucha Global Day for Haiti dropping this Saturday at 1pm at Martyrs'. They've also been in contact with HQ to let them know they are available to help in Haiti as well as pursuing leads directly, independent of HQ.

Other issues on the agenda for tomorrow include the annual USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition, AfH Chicago Chapter's Street Furniture Competition and as always the floor is open for other ideas, suggestions and comments. All this and meetings are held in a pub. What more could you ask for?

See you there.

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