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.

Arsenault is a principal at Stantec Architecture, where he heads its Rochester office. Prior to joining the firm, he maintained a private practice for more than 20 years. He has served as president of the AIA’s New York State Chapter and has been a member of the Housing Committee and the Search for Shelter program. The other new vice president, Manus, is both CEO and a design principal of Heller Manus Architects, in San Francisco. He has also worked at the Kling Partnership, in Philadelphia, and KMD, in San Francisco. Manus is a senior AIA board director from California and serves on the AIA150 Blueprint for America Committee, where he chairs the Blueprint Mosaic subgroup.

Munger, the incoming treasurer, is the president of the Toledo-based Munger Munger + Associates Architects. He has served in all leadership positions with AIA Toledo and AIA Ohio, and as a former AIA board director from the Ohio Valley. While on the national component board, he served on the Institute Finance Audit and AIA150 Campaign Executive committees.