Each year, AIA members attending the AIA Conference on Architecture have the opportunity to vote for candidates to help lead the Institute’s national office. Ahead of the June 21-23 event in New York this year, ARCHITECT spoke with the candidates running for 2019 first vice president–2020 president-elect. The candidates are: Jane Frederick, FAIA, principal of Frederick + Frederick Architects in Beaufort, S.C., and William “Bill” Carpenter, FAIA, founder of Lightroom in Decatur, Ga.

We posed the same three questions via email to each candidate.

Why do you want to lead the AIA, and how will you engage the membership?

What is the role of architects and the AIA for the greater public?

What is the greatest challenge facing the profession today? How can firms and individual practitioners respond to it?

Here’s what they wrote back: