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Architosh Staff (info@architosh.com)
27 July 2004
 

Interest Builds in Formation of Mac Special Interest Group within American Institute of Architects

Architosh has served a role in campaigning for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to better serve its Macintosh-based professional members with software parity of its digital practice products. Chief among them is the very important AIA Documents software application, which architects on the Macintosh have voiced their concerns to the AIA for several years.

Macintosh Special Interest Group in AIA

Architect Matt Arnold, AIA, has led the charge and is collecting names of those interested in establishing a Macintosh Special Interest Group within the American Institute of Architects.

Matt has been collecting the names of those interested in supporting Macintosh initiatives within the AIA, most importantly, the development of a native Mac OS X version of AIA Documents. He writes:

Thanks to all of you who have expressed interest in forming a Mac Special Interest Group within the AIA. I'm going to keep accumulating ideas for implementation goals and strategies as long as they continue to show up in my mailbox.

Matt has obtain responses from over 60 AIA members which doesn't count the far greater number of readers who have completed Architosh's AIA Documents for Mac petition survey. Architosh's letter to the AIA and attached petition is the first place to start for those interested in the establishment of a Macintosh Special Interest Group within the AIA. Secondly, contacting Matt Arnold AIA via email will enable his collection and organization of parties' interest.

Goals for Mac SIG AIA

Matt writes that there are other goals and interest among those who have contacted him thus far:

The strong desire for an OSX-native version of the AIA documents software is universal among you, and the fact that we are still asking for it at this late date is a pretty big sore point with many of us... but it isn't the only goal that was expressed as a possible objective for a Mac SIG. Among the other subjects mentioned were:

-- A better understanding of actual numbers of Mac-using firms

-- To advocate for 'open standards' (not proprietary) ones for CAD, BIM, etc.

-- To encourage McGraw-Hill to publish Sweets in a Mac-compatible format

-- To focus on leadership, rather then on the numbers of users, as an argument for the Mac platform.

-- To provide publicity to the Mac side of the cross-platform CAD programs

-- To share experience and expertise on the Mac platform

 

Matt is working with Architosh and we are working with him to help and assist in any way we can to make the establishment of a Mac SIG within the AIA a reality and not just a possibility. We need all the help we can get and its time to take this to the next level. As Matt said, "this is worth doing, and it's worth doing right."

Contact Information - What You Can Do Now

The following survey applies to professional architects and their firms, as well as professional builders and AEC professionals who rely on industry standard AIA documents. Please see this story and survey now.

To contact Matt Arnold AIA and discuss the formation of a Mac SIG AIA please contact him here at: digilithos@mac.com

 

 

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