ALA 2020* National Election of Officers and Directors (for 2021-2022 Term Years)

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There are two ways you may vote:

1) Click here to access a printable ballot for the ALA National Board
2) OR you may submit your votes electronically by clicking here.  

Ballots must be received by 5:00 PM, Monday, March 1st, 2021. Only qualified members (Professional and Senior) in good standing are eligible to vote.
For Printed Ballots:
Please print, mark your ballot and sign your name. 
Return by email: 
Fax: 847-382-8380
Mail: ALA, One East Northwest Hwy., Ste. 200, Palatine, IL  60067
If you have any questions, please call the ALA office at 847-382-0630. 
*Election in early 2021 due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Candidate Biographies

James J. Belli, FALA President of Belli & Belli Architects, Inc.  A Licensed Architect in Arizona ,Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, New York and Wisconsin. Completed international projects in Oyster Pond Dutch Antilles, Luxor Egypt, Quetzaltenango Guatemala, Rome Italy, Jeddah and Riyadh Saudi Arabia and Seoul South Korea. Past president of the Illinois Society of Architects and has served as a Director on the National Board of ALA since its inception. James has been awarded Fellowships in both the Illinois Society of Architects and the Association of Licensed Architects.

Jeffrey Budgell, FALA - a licensed Architect (Illinois and Michigan) and licensed Real Estate Broker in Illinois, and President of Architect's Studio, with over 30 years of experience in single family/multifamily residential projects as well as retail, office, mixed-use and commercial/industrial projects. Jeffrey holds NCARB certification, is Chairman of the National Education Committee and member of Urban Land Institute, USGBC, Association of Realtors, Board of Directors- Elmhurst City Center and a member of the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Jeffrey is a LEED AP professional, has been a member of SARA/ALA since 1998 and is currently President of the ALA National Board. 

Robert Davidson, FALA - Bob has returned to the area and is Sr Architectural Department Manager at Middough in Oak Brook, IL. He holds 40 state licenses to practice architecture and fortunately gets involved with complex industrial, food, chemical and pharmaceutical type projects. He is past Program Chairman for IL and past Chapter President for both Illinois and NE Ohio. As Director, Bob offers understanding on ALA from inception and looks forward to growing ALA to be the go-to association for Architects.

William Huchting, ALA William Huchting believes that architecture is an important aspect of our daily lives and, like food, should be local and tailored to the way people live and work. As president of make Architecture Company, William asks his residential clients “How do you want to live?” And asks his commercial clients, “What is the ‘why’ behind your brand?” The answers become apparent through listening, observing and then persuasively clear through an iterative engagement and feedback loop.

William Huchting earned a masters of architecture at the University of Virginia. He also taught the POD studio there. He interned at Powell Kleinschimdt in Chicago and Studios Architecture in San Francisco. Today he operates make Architecture Company and works in Chicago and, at times, collaborates in beautiful Perthshire, Scotland. He also mentors young architects by teaching at the community college he attended thirty years ago.

As a board member at the Association of Licensed Architects, William will champion the value of what architects offer their clients and the world at large. We architects offer a great deal and we at the ALA can get the word out and make the general public aware. Engagement with a general audience is key to buy-in and growing the influence and profitability of our profession. Equity and sustainability are two pillars that support these efforts and William would use the mantle of the ALA Board to make our clients and the public aware that their engagement and design choices can positively impact the future of the planet and our children’s welfare. We need more diversity in our profession and we also need to show that slowness and thoughtfulness are the paths to good design, sustainability and healthier and more fulfilling lives.