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2.313 Waiver by the Secretary: Bylaws Amendment Effective, May 21, 2016

May 21, 2016

Today, from the AIA National convention floor, our members passed an amendment to the bylaws (section 2.313) giving the Secretary of the Institute the authority to waive age requirement for Emeritus in exceptional circumstances and for adequate cause.

The Secretary’s extended authority to approve waivers, however, would apply only to the age requirement for Emeritus status, would be exercised only on a case-by-case basis, and would permit waivers only “in exceptional circumstances and for adequate cause.” 

 

AIA Bylaws – Member Emeritus

2.313 Waiver by the Secretary: Bylaws Amendment Effective, May 21, 2016

2.311 Architect Members. Any Architect member may apply for Emeritus status who has been in good standing in the Institute for fifteen successive years immediately prior to his or her application, and either (i) has attained the age of 70, and is retired from the profession of architecture, or (ii) is so incapacitated as to be unable to work in the profession.

2.312 Associate Members. Any Associate member may apply for Emeritus status who has been in good standing in the Institute for fifteen successive years immediately prior to his or her application, and either (i) has attained the age of 70, and is retired from an occupation related to the profession of architecture or (ii) is so incapacitated as to be unable to work in an occupation related to the profession of architecture.

2.313 Waiver by the Secretary. The Secretary, in exceptional circumstances and for adequate cause, may, on an individual basis, waive (a) all or part of the period of good standing required for Emeritus status; and/or (b) the age requirement for Emeritus status.

 

What is the 2016 Architect/Associate to Emeritus Exceptional Waiver process?

1.    Member should complete the 2016 Emeritus Exceptional Waiver form provided by the local/state chapter.

2.     Local Component will approve or deny.

3.     State Component will approve or deny. (This applies only where a member is assigned both to a Local Component and to a separate State Component.)

4.   Where the member is assigned both to a Local Component and a separate State Component, either Component may submit the waiver on behalf of the member. However the originating Component in that case must certify that it has consulted with the member’s other assigned Component regarding the Architect/Associate to Emeritus Exceptional Waiver before submitting to the Institute for processing.

5.    National Member & Component Support department will forward the request to the Secretary of the Institute for final approval or denial (upon receipt of completed emeritus exceptional waiver form).

6.     Member will receive email notification from the Institute Secretary informing him/her of the outcome of the request.

 

If a member is requesting an exceptional waiver request for both the age and fifteen consecutive years requirement, the form should indicate the detailed reasons for both exceptional circumstances and for adequate causes.

 

You may also review the Framework talking points that were used prior to the bylaws being amended.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact me directly or the membership team at memberservices@aia.org or 1- 800-242-3837, option 2.