Ahead of the June 21-23 AIA Conference on Architecture in New York this year, ARCHITECT's Katharine Keane spoke with the candidates running for 2019 first vice president–2020 president-elect. Each year, AIA members attending the AIA Conference on Architecture have the opportunity to vote for candidates to help lead the Institute's national office.

The candidates are: Jane Frederick, FAIA, principal of Frederick + Frederick Architects in Beaufort, S.C., and William "Bill" Carpenter, FAIA, founder of Lightroom in Decatur, Ga. ARCHITECT posed the same three questions via email to each candidate. Here's what they wrote back.

Jane Frederick, FAIA, Frederick + Frederick Architects, Beaufort, S.C.

Why do you want to lead the AIA, and how will you engage the membership?

Frederick: We live in an era when our industry is uniquely poised to create positive change. We are positioned to not only lead the conversation, but also the action that is desperately needed to build a more inclusive, innovative, and prosperous future for us all.

I want to lead the AIA to make strides for a more diverse industry because the future of our profession depends on it. I want us to lead on sustainability, resiliency, and energy independence because our planet depends on it. I want us to take on more leadership roles within our cities because our communities and our country depend on it.

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