AIA Commitment
Peter Kuttner, FAIA is a candidate for AIA First Vice President/President Elect. He has been active on the National Board of the AIA for the past five years, a period of considerable change. He has just completed two years as the AIA Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives. For three years prior to that he was the AIA New England Regional Director. He chaired the BSA Membership Committee, served two terms on the BSA Board of Directors as Commissioner of Chapter Affairs and Commissioner of Public Affairs, and was the Boston Society of Architects President in 1998.

Professional Practice
Peter is President of Cambridge Seven Associates, a Boston-area firm whose work includes museums, education, transportation, and hospitality design around the world. C7A provides planning, graphic, and exhibit design, as well as full architecture services, and received the 1993 AIA Architecture Firm Award. Peter specializes in informal and formal learning in museums and college facilities, with a particular focus on interactive and participatory experiences in the sciences.

Peter Kuttner Speaking at Grassroots, 2012


Principles and Vision
The interactive diagram to the right illustrates critical goals for the AIA in the coming years, and highlights the strategic areas of expertise in place to be used to address these goals. Over the past three years on the Strategic Directions Group, Peter has been involved in developing the AIA Strategic Plan 2010-2015, sharing the AIA Component Weave, and developing the new AIA 2012 Communication Plan, which have pointed the way to these goals.

In workshops and surveys, at the KLA and CACE annual meetings, through face-to-face interviews, and in calls to components, two common goals have emerged – we need to reach out to Members, in a time of great economic stress, and at the same time, we need to work together to educate the Public about the value of design.

To meet these goals, we have strong tools in place. Through the last few years of realignment and new leadership, AIA at the National level has organized around these four strategic areas, familiar through the Strategic Plan and the Weave. As the diagram proposes, we can use the same tools to address member needs and also impact the public realm. Together can better support the Knowledge base that exists in the KC’s. We can better integrate Advocacy efforts at both the national and local level. We need to commit to maintaining Collaboration with our components, and we must introduce better Communication to both members and the public.

Touch on the various goals and strategic areas on the diagram for more detail. Peter can also be contacted at, or on LinkedIn.

Drawings & Cartoons