Brian Dougherty, FAIA, was installed as the 2014 President of the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC). The installation ceremony was held in November at the California Club in Los Angeles. He succeeds Frank Bostrom, AIA, in representing nearly 11,000 California members.
Dougherty, Principal of Dougherty + Dougherty Architects, has over 36 years experience in practice, and has served as AIACC Board Member representing Orange County from 1988 to 1990, as well as serving as AIACC Secretary in 1991 and Regional Director from 1992 to 1995.
During his term as president, Dougherty hopes to actively engage students and practitioners to provide mentorship and create educational opportunities. Dougherty plans on placing special emphasis on partnering with the Academy for Emerging Professionals in order to continue to build and strengthen the opportunities for all individuals who choose architecture as their professional career.
In a time when the California economy is beginning to show signs of growth, Dougherty finds himself in a particularly exciting situation. “Creativity has become more highly valued and the ability to think in a way that synthesizes clear solutions to massively complicated issues, architects find themselves in a position to be leaders in society,” he said. Dougherty sees the architects as having a unique understanding of the impact actions have and the need to balance—from the cultural to the economic and environmental. “We have a society in California that is keenly aware of the value in being good stewards of our environment and who truly value good design.” This may explain why Dougherty was an eager advocate of holding the 2013 AIACC Design Awards reception at UC Berkeley, his alma mater, but more importantly, a place from which professionals emerge.
The AIACC represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California. Founded in 1944, The AIACC’s mission supports architects in their endeavors to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more livable communities, sustainable designs and quality work environments. Today, The AIACC is the largest component of the national AIA organization. For more information, visit www.aiacc.org.