The holidays have come and gone all too quickly. I hope you all enjoyed time with family and friends and are looking forward to a great year. As I Look back on the past 5 years, I have seen how far our chapter has progressed in many ways. To name a few, the incredible advances that our Design Awards have made, the amount of students and associate architects we have been able to assist in advancing their profession and the increase in funds brought in by our annual golf tournament that allow the AIA to fund scholarships for those up and coming with a bright future ahead. Of course, our chapter is only as good as those that participate and support us, so I thank each and every member whom, year after year, continue their membership and attend events.
This upcoming year we are taking hold of a new and rewarding task. Our 2018 EXCOM has committed to bringing the AIA Texas Convention and Expo to El Paso within the next 3 to 5 years. This will be one of the largest challenges the El Paso chapter has endeavored in a long time. As you may imagine, this is no small task and we ask for each individual members support along the way. I have no doubt that every member of AIA El Paso will work hard to ensure we put another successful year in the records. With that said, it gives me great honor and privilege to continue the work of our past presidents as your 2018 AIA El Paso president.
Renee Jimenez, AIA, LEED AP, CNU-A
2018 AIA El Paso President