If you’re a professional association representing more than 81,800 members, such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA), it helps to plan ahead—way ahead. So while more than 21,000 architects were in San Antonio last week for the AIA’s 2007 National Convention and Design Exposition, delegates held elections for the 2009 president as well as other leadership slots for 2008. The results? Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA, won the presidency; Peter J. Arsenault, AIA, and Clark Manus, FAIA, were elected vice presidents; and Hal P. Munger, FAIA, ran unopposed for the office of treasurer. The vice presidents and treasurer will serve a two-year term that begins this December.
Malecha, who will serve as first vice president during 2008 in preparation for the top role, is currently dean of the College of Design at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh. He also serves on the AIA’s Board of Directors as the senior director representing the South Atlantic region. Malecha was awarded the AIA’s Topaz Medallion in 2003, in recognition for a long career in academia. He has also taught at the Boston Architectural Center and at California State Polytechnic University.