I Am AIA:
J. Irons AIAExpand
J. has had the great fortune to contribute to a great number of design teams, and most recently to the amazing boards and staff at AIA Seattle and Design in Public. J.'s aspiration is to leverage successful organizational management and an ability to leverage strategic vision to achieve change, relevance, and success.
Why did you join AIA Seattle?
Three reasons: I wanted to be a part of meaningful change in our community; the AIA is the gold standard for everything our profession stands for; and I wanted that association; coming out of school, I needed a means of networking with others across the city, connecting with Seattle design firms, as well as potential professional mentors.
What is the value of AIA to you?
I look to AIA to provide tools to help me navigate my career path, and to catalyze real and positive change in our communities, and serve as the voice of the profession.
What relationships have you created?
Though my interactions at all levels of the AIA, I have met amazing people from local firm leaders to Institute leadership. I’ve met amazing firm leaders and emerging professionals from firms all over the Puget Sound region and beyond in my involvement at AIA Seattle.
What project are you working on now?
One of my projects, a new middle school in Monroe, WA, will begin construction shortly.
How do you explain what you do for a living?
I help translate ideas into reality in the built environment. I help make places for people.