The Architecture Section held its business meeting on March 28, 1999. About 30 members attended the session presided by Tora Williamsen. After introductory remarks Tora went over the strategic plan items for the Architecture Section. Tom Jacoby gave a thorough update on COPAR and their activities state by state. Elections were then held for vacant positions in the Section. Chris Sala was elected Vice-Moderator and Sue Koskinen was elected Architecture Section column editor for Update. Janine Henri takes over as Moderator.
A substantial amount of time was spent discussing the library collection standards required by NAAB for the accreditation of architecture schools. The Association of Architecture School Librarians is interested in working with the Architecture Section to propose revisions to these standards. Since no one in the audience was at the AASL annual conference where this was discussed, a report was read by a NAAB member. The Architecture Section decided to contact the ARLIS board to request that they send a letter to the NAAB board suggesting our participation in this project.
Betsy Lantz of the ARLIS Development Committee asked the Section if it was interested in developing content ideas for ongoing plenary sessions to be held at the annual conference over the next five years. The Development Committee was looking into raising funds for these sessions. The idea is to get prominent speakers and focus on the architecture and/or city planning of the city where the conference is to be held.
Janine Henry reported on strategic plans items worked on over the past year by the Section, including a desirata list, a web page, and the section listserv. The meeting ended with discussions of proposals for the Pittsburgh conference.The focus was on Frank Lloyd Wright, including Fallingwater, the use of archival sources in the restoration of his work, and his influence on current architects.
Submitted by Chris Sala, Architecture Section Vice-Moderator