I wrote a blog post back in August about the AIA-Southwestern
decision to form
a new Eugene/Springfield Committee on Local Affairs. At that time, I was
undecided about being a candidate for one of the three appointed committee
positions. After reading my post and learning of my ambivalence toward serving, AIA-SWO past-president Scott Clarke, AIA twisted my arm. So here I
am now, a member of CoLA who, along with Austin Bailey, AIA, Travis Sheridan,
Assoc. AIA, and Scott, is ready to consider and comment upon topics of
importance and urgency for our community and profession. Wish us well! Oregon
Refreshing AIA-SWO CoLA!
The newly formed AIA-SWO Eugene/Springfield Committee on Local Affairs (CoLA) is ready to publicly represent the professionally informed opinion of the chapter on topics of community-wide importance. By doing so, the committee hopes to elevate the stature and visibility of architects in general by representing design professionals as active, organized, and concerned public citizens. CoLA is prepared to adopt an activist posture, engaging design-related issues in the glare of the public eye.
The following individuals have volunteered to serve as CoLA’s initial members:
Scott Clarke, AIA – PIVOT Architecture; AIA-SWO immediate past-president and non-voting representative from the AIA-SWO board of directors
Austin Bailey, AIA – Rowell Brokaw Architects
Randy Nishimura, AIA – Robertson/Sherwood/Architects pc
Travis Sheridan, Assoc. AIA – Willard C. Dixon Architect, LLC
Both Austin and Travis will serve two-year terms on CoLA. Scott and Randy will be members for one year. Staggering the terms of the committee members will ensure continuity by eliminating wholesale turnover at any one point.
CoLA wishes to both inform the AIA-SWO chapter membership about architectural issues of importance to
Eugene and residents and also invite participation
and input from members at-large. Toward this end, CoLA will convene open
meetings of the committee. The first of these will occur at noon on Thursday,
October 22 at the Octagon. Springfield
The topic for this first meeting will be City of
development of its proposed new South Willamette Special Area Zone (SW-SAZ). With City Council action imminent, controversy
about SW-SAZ has reached a flashpoint. The gamut of issues the controversy
encompasses includes the challenge of compact urban development in the face of
future development pressures, individual property rights, and exactly when and
how the city has engaged impacted neighbors and property owners. Eugene
The consensus of the CoLA members is the SW-SAZ is too important a subject for architects to be silent about. If you agree, don’t miss the opportunity to share your thoughts by meeting with the CoLA members, suggest other issues for future consideration by the committee, and otherwise help shape our profession’s public profile. Mark your calendars now!
What: AIA-SWO CoLA Meeting: South Willamette Special Area Zone
When: Thursday, October 22, 2015 – noon to 1:00 PM
Where: The Octagon, 92 East Broadway, downtown