AIA National President-Elect to Speak at AIA Michigan Mid-Summer Conference

66th Annual Event Slated for The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Aug. 6-8

Detroit, MI, July 31, 2009 --( AIA National First Vice President Elect George Miller headlines the list of speakers assembled for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Michigan’s 66th Annual Mid-Summer Conference at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island August 6-8, 2009.

The three-day conference is the longest running event on the AIA Michigan calendar and serves as a hub for one-on-one contact between industry leaders and information sharing between the building and construction industries.

Miller, who will be speaking Aug. 7, is coming to discuss AIA’s national program and strategic plan and gain input from the AIA Michigan membership. Other topics covered during the first full day of the conference include: “Platinum Makes Perfect,” which discusses the world’s first Dual Platinum LEED Certified Building and “Daring the Industry to Embrace Change,” featuring a presentation from The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America President J. Doug Pruitt.

“We are glad to have George Miller speak to us at this year’s conference,” said AIA Michigan President Ronald R. Campbell, AIA. “In addition to his presentation on our national organization, we look forward to the opportunity to receive his insight on his thoughts on how to architects can continue to persevere in our current economy.”

Miller has served in a variety of leadership positions at the AIA, including: treasurer, vice president, and president of AIA New York, regional director for AIA New York State (2004-2006), and member of the Gold Medal and Firm Advisory Committee (2004-05).

Born in Berlin and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania, Miller is a partner at Pei Cobb Freed in New York, where he has been since 1975. In this time, he has worked on many significant projects, including the Hyatt Center in Chicago, National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and Johnson and Johnson Headquarters in New Brunswick, N.J.

“AIA Michigan is pleased to continue its long tradition of having our national officers speak and attend the Mid-Summer Conference,” said AIA Michigan Executive Director Rae Dumke, Hon. AIA. “This, along with our ability to provide our members with an opportunity for one-on-one contact with industry leaders, information sharing between the building and construction industries and continuing education, is the reason why this is one of our most successful events annually.”

The mission of AIA Michigan is to serve its membership, advance the values of the profession and improve the quality of the built environment. For more information on The American Institute of Architects Michigan, please visit

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Michael Ingberg