12.17.04 ‘Tis the Season
Dear Fellow Readers:
Three years ago, while attending an IDP workshop at a conference in Des Moines, Iowa, someone told me about a newsletter for intern architects that I should consider signing up for. I had never heard of it before, but I subscribed anyway, and every Friday thereafter, something called “ArchVoices” magically showed up in my mailbox.
A few months later, I volunteered to participate in an ArchVoices-sponsored conference about internship. I also suggested an idea for a new initiative, and today, several years later, I find myself involved with many ArchVoices activities. Meanwhile, every Friday my inbox is graced with the arrival of another newsletter issue. Those emails help me feel connected; they’re consistent, reliable, informative, provocative, and a powerful force in shaping my own experience as an intern.
In my early days as a new reader, I never would have realized that the content of ArchVoices was generated entirely by volunteers, that the group of people who write the newsletter and plan the initiatives also have day jobs, or that they are facing the same challenges of internship just like I am. Imagine my surprise the first time I tried to call what I thought was the ArchVoices office and instead caught one of the co-founders on his personal cell phone. But this quickly drove home the point that ArchVoices was not some gigantic corporate enterprise. Instead, it is a grassroots effort, driven by real people who are passionate about the future of architecture, and who can keep it going only as long they continue to receive strong support from individuals like you and me.
Last year at this time, a fellow reader, Raymond Dehn, issued a challenge for readers to contribute to ArchVoices. Many of you responded, but today, your renewed support is needed. As a nonprofit organization, ArchVoices relies on donations from individuals and other sponsors to provide the fuel for all that it does:
- Development and distribution of this weekly newsletter to 16,000+ readers worldwide;
- Design, hosting, and maintenance of the most comprehensive website for emerging professionals;
- Organization and hosting of its international essay competition for unlicensed architecture professionals;
- Coordinating real time events like the 2002 Internship Summit and Build Boston symposia;
- Collaborating with the AIA on the Internship & Career Surveys;
- Presenting and discussing the future of the profession at conferences and meetings across the country; and much more.
ArchVoices’ greatest strength lies in its readers, so to that end I am writing to ask you for your assistance and generosity in the last couple weeks of this year. Your contribution, no matter what size, is a small price to pay to assure that this valuable resource continues to show up in your mailbox each week in the year ahead.
You may ask, how can I afford to make a contribution to this? I asked myself this once too; just like you, I’m living on an intern’s salary, working to pay off student loans, trying to take care of a family, and wondering how I’m going to afford the cost of the ARE. But then I asked myself, how can I afford not to contribute?
This year, on behalf of ArchVoices, I am pleased to announce a special gesture of support from Kaplan AEC Education, the new provider of ALS exam preparation material for the nine divisions of the ARE. Kaplan has generously offered to provide the following discounts to any individual who donates to ArchVoices:
And if you’re already registered or not pursuing registration, your discount is fully transferable to an aspiring architect you know.
- Donate $50-$99 to ArchVoices; receive 10% off your next ARE study material purchase from Kaplan;
- Donate $100-$499 to ArchVoices; receive 15% off your next ARE study material purchase from Kaplan; or
- Donate $500 or more to ArchVoices; receive 20% off your next ARE study material purchase from Kaplan.
Please join me and Kaplan in supporting ArchVoices.
Matt Ostanik, Assoc. AIA
Intern Architect, Frevert-Ramsey-Kobes Architects-Engineers
ArchVoices Reader, Donor, & Essay Competition Director
West Des Moines, Iowa
How to Donate
Or, simply download, print off, and fill in the PDF form at www.archvoices.org/support, and mail it with your check to:
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After you have donated to ArchVoices, you will be contacted with a special Kaplan promotion code that you can use to receive your discount when purchasing ARE study materials online at www.ALSonline.com or by phone at 800/420-1429.
ArchVoices is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization; accordingly, all contributions are tax-deductible.
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