Mickey Jacob, FAIA, became the 89th president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in an inauguration ceremony, succeeding Jeff Potter.
The ceremony was held on Dec.7 at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center. By the time he was selected, Jacob served as the managing principal at Urban Studio Architects in Tampa, Florida.
"I look forward to working together to harness our power to shape the future of the architecture profession with a priority on building leadership and enhancing the impact and role of our emerging professionals," commented Jacob.
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"It is our duty to promote thoughtful leadership, bold advocacy and effective communications to promote the value of design and increase the public awareness of how architecture positively impacts the quality of life in our communities." He added.
Graduated from the University of Detroit in 1981, the new president got his licensed in 1986 and started working in Tampa, Florida. Three years later, he and his colleagues established Urban Studio Architects, an architecture and interior studio working on sustainable designs and projects.
Jacob has a long time in partnership with AIA and holds various important positions. He served as president of AIA in 2004-2005 and AIA Florida/Caribbean Regional Director on the AIA National Board of Directors in 2007-2009. He held an AIA vice president in 2009 for two years.