Albert McDonald, AIA has been named 2020 president of the Triangle Section of the American Institute of Architects. Each year, AIA seeks volunteers for their board of directors at the section level. Albert was nominated and voted into office as president by the membership at the AIA Triangle annual meeting in November 2019.
Serving over 800 members across 10 counties in North Carolina, AIA Triangle’s mission is to empower architects by connecting with the community, advocate for the profession and promote the quality of local design. The organization has embarked on a strategic plan to broadly guide the next three presidencies around three areas: advocacy, awareness, and diversity. Albert is focused on increasing public awareness of architecture by sharing what architects have to offer and how they can help improve lives.
“I am really looking forward to strengthening AIA Triangle public outreach programs in the Triangle,” Albert commented. “One initiative will be to encourage more young people in the K-12 demographic to consider the profession of architecture.”
Albert is a Senior Architect and Associate Principal at Clark Nexsen’s Raleigh office. He leads the firm’s initiative called Combustion Chamber, to fuel experimentation and discovery within the professional realm of architectural design. He is active in the Triangle area architecture community where he is a member of the Raleigh Appearance Commission and regularly mentors architecture students and interns. Previously, Albert served as AIA Triangle’s president-elect, treasurer on the board of directors, and as chair of their annual design awards program. In 2018, Albert was honored with the Emerging Professional Award from AIA North Carolina, which is given in recognition of leadership within the profession by an architect who has been practicing for less than 10 years.