Board Meetings

SIAP 2016 September Board Meeting

The following is the Minutes of SIAP Board of Directors’ meeting on 09/01/2016:

Meeting Date: Sep 01, 2016
Location: Colorado Center Community Room

Subject: Meeting Minutes 9

Members present:

Board Members present:
Ailin Ghaemi
Nazanin Kargosha
Soudeh Bangian
Ghazal Shokoufandeh
Mehdi Rezvan
Saman Zand Karimi
Ehsan Jelveh Moghadam
Amir Daghigh
Bijan Armandpour

Non Board Members:
Ashraf Hemmati
Iraj Yamin Esfandiari
Pouya Goudarzi
Nooshin Akbarpour
Sima Haghighi
Abdi Ziai
Mohammad Borghei
Mohammad Behboudi
Ali Jafari
David Hedvat
Parisa Khosravi
Sara Moomsaz
Mehrzad Rafei

Chair Person: Bijan Armandpour
Secretary: Nazanin Kargosha

Items discussed:

1. Website discussion to review the progress report
– Mehdi Rezvan submitted his report regarding the status of website design process to attendants and summarized what Board has done for changing the design of website. He also explained the platform for the new website and its inclusive features ;
– Bijan also emphasized on the necessity for the new design due to the advanced available technology;
– Nooshin questioned the decision for changing the website and that SIAP members had not been informed of the decision. She also expressed her concern regarding the meeting minutes and the fact that they have not been posted on the website;
– Nazanin indicated that website redesign had been discussed during the initial board meeting in 2016. She also indicated that the information had been posted on Facebook and other media;
– Iraj indicated that why the board had not tried to correct the issues in the existing website instead of spending money on a brand new one;
– Mehdi explained the technical difficulties involved in order to upgrade the old system and that the existing limitations may not allow the desired new updates and/or upgrades;
– Iraj complained regarding the fact that the Board had never informed the website committee members and particularly himself of the redesign. He insisted that the existing website could have been fixed and upgraded;
– Mehdi stated that all of the issues and concerns regarding the existing website were discussed with Majid Falamaki and the new designer who have the required technical knowledge;
– Ashraf asked “why the board did not seek Iraj ’s opinion regarding the redesign of the website and the board indicated that Iraj had attended the meeting where the redesign was discussed and he never expressed his objection;
– Ehsan also indicated the importance of a website design that uses the latest available technology and advanced platform rather an old system that has limitations and is not attractive;
– Ali Jafari explained the due to the speed of technology advancement it is always wise to redesign and/or upgrade website every 3 years;
– Sara Moomsaz also expressed her negative impression of the existing website and suggested the inclusion of an updated version of members profile;
– Mohammad Behboudi agreed with the necessity of the new website and compared the remodeling/modifying an existing website to remodeling a structure vs. new construction. He indicated that often we face numerous undesirable obstructions in remodeling a structure and that it would be more efficient to build a new one. He also stated that website generally are required to be redesigned every few years;
 Continue with redesigning the website;
 The new website should be integrated with social media site such as Facebook, Linkedin, etc.;
 Existing videos/records to be transferred to the new website.

2. Establishing SIAP Committees
– Bijan indicated the necessity of committees and specifically suggested the necessity for the more important committees such as Education, Event, Website Committees. He also indicated that each committee should be directed by one of the board members who will be responsible to invite other members to join;
– Nooshin asked why she was not aware of the process of the Education Committee and whether we participants are being charged;
– Abdi responded that there is no charge for Education classes and all attendees buy resources themselves;
– Saman reintroduced new workshops for software interactive learnings like Revit and Rhino. Ali Jaafari and Saman want to start these workshops to teach members to use these softwares;
– All members agreed and decided to name the workshop “Architectural Visual”. They will prepare the specifics of the program and cooperate with Hamid Reza for collaboration with Education Committee;
– Sara Moomsaz, Hamid Reza, and Mehrzad will join the above workshop and help with preparing the specifics;
– It was also decided that the workshop will be available to SIAP members only including a minimal fee.
– The motion for approving the proposed name modification was seconded by all members.

3. 2017 Election Preparation
Bijan urged all members to consider their candidacy for next year elections and show how they can contribute to their organization

In conclusion, Mohammad Borghei suggested to conduct our annual dinner gathering earlier and possibly late September to discuss concerns that were raised in our August 4, 2106 Special Meeting of the Members.

Meeting adjourned at 9:55 p.m.