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Harry Mark

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Editor's Note: Believing in Our Volunteers

"Whatever community organization, whether it’s a women’s organization or fighting for racial justice … you will get satisfaction out of doing something to give back to the community that you never get in any other way."
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in the documentary “Notorious RBG”

Barbara Kruger’s 2012 Belief + Doubt exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum transformed its lobby from a gathering place into an environment for questioning and introspection. Kruger made use of architecture so that reading, generally a personal activity, became a much more engaging and multi-surface sensory experience and created an environment for discussion and deliberation. / Photo: Cathy Carver

The mission of Columns is to explore community, culture, and lives through the impact of architecture. Each year, we craft four issues that focus on broad topics to engage not only the architectural profession, but also the larger Dallas community. Putting together an issue four times a year is not an easy endeavor and takes an incredible amount of time and hard work. What is amazing about the process is that Columns is primarily an all-volunteer undertaking. The unpaid editors, writers, photographers, and committee members have a passion for bringing this voice to the community and believe that what is discussed here also offers a meaningful and important voice within Dallas. Additionally, the all-volunteer board of advisers, composed of leaders from the city of Dallas, businesses, the arts, academia, and allied professions, believe in the importance of providing a platform for broader community-wide initiatives. Crafting any one issue takes a team of over 30 people who give back to our community with the power of their time, thoughts, and words. The volunteer partners working on Columns have created a participatory process in which their belief in our community and their passion for architecture can influence and educate our readers. They have created shared values of working together to achieve incredible results. As we launch what will be an exciting year of topics for 2019, we give a sincere thank-you to all of the many dedicated team members and volunteers who give up countless hours of their spare time and who truly believe in the impact of Columns.

Harry Mark,FAIA

Originally published in the Spring 2019/ Belief issue of AIA Dallas’  Columns magazine.