September 17, 2012
Like all vibrant institutions, the AIA has changed markedly during its 133-year history. Today’s AIA is a far cry from the nineteenth century gatherings of tuxedo-clad Brahmins who heard tales of archaeological expeditions over brandy and cigars. To help ensure a successful future for the AIA during its next century, I appointed a task force in April of 2011 to develop a Strategic Plan to guide the Institute forward. For the past year, we have been engaged in a strategic planning process, which was frequently an exhilarating exercise and, to our knowledge, the first in the AIA’s history.
Beginning with a freshly-articulated mission statement, we set goals and established the diverse means by which to achieve them; determining metrics and costs was the next step. Throughout the process, we repeatedly consulted with staff and fellow board members, incorporating their ideas at each stage. We present the final version of the Plan in the following pages. By setting goals and prioritizing the strategies by which to achieve them, we provide a road map for the AIA’s board and staff as they lead the Institute over the next five years or so. Through this document, our aspirations acquire the fiscal and logistical overlay that will transform them into reality.
Elizabeth Bartman, President