September Volunteer Profile

9/13/2018 12:00:00 AM

Ian Morgan

As a self regulated profession, the practice of architecture and licensed interior design in the province of Alberta demands quite a bit from volunteers. Since 2010 Ian Morgan, Principal at next Architecture, has been one of those volunteers, mentoring intern architects as they progress in the profession.
"We have all received support from our fellow professionals as we moved through the internship program and I see the commitment I make as supporting my profession and the next generation of architects."

More than just giving back, Ian also finds it personally fulfilling to see the growth of his Interns throughout the AAA’s multi-year Internship in Architecture Program.
"To see the professional development of intern architects from when they first enter employment to the experience and knowledge they develop as they sit their exams and gain experience through the projects they undertake is rewarding."

Ian also volunteers on the Complaint Review Committee (CRC). While you may think that investigating complaints and attending hearings is disheartening, Ian takes a different perspective.
"While it may be disappointing that a member of the public has cause to make a complaint against a member of the AAA, many complaints arise from a lack of communication between the parties and offer an opportunity for education."

All this involvement doesn’t preclude Ian from being engaged with the profession in other ways too. As a member of Edmonton’s Historic Resources Review Panel (HRRP), he reviews whether buildings should be added to the Inventory of Historic Resources.
"I enjoy my time on the HRRP as it allows me to research and understand more of Edmonton’s history. As an immigrant to Canada, and an architect with a particular specialty in conservation, the role affords me an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the historic value we place on our built heritage."

Between his volunteer and professional commitments Ian still finds time for family and friends and doesn’t miss a chance to take in the odd rugby match.

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