Brok Howard, NCARB, AIA, CSI, CDT, LEED GA
National Institute of Building Science – BuildingSMART Alliance
Information Standards Subcommittee
American Institute of Architects
San Francisco Organizer
Construction Specification Institute Greater St Louis Chapter
1st Vice President, Communications Chair, Chapter Webmaster
June 2012 – November 2013
2nd Vice President, Past Professional Director, Chapter Webmaster
October 2008 – June 2012
Construction Specification Institute
FY 2012-2013 Brand Revitalization Task Team, FY 2010-2011 Emerging Professional Task Team
October 2008 – March 2013
Construction Specification Institute North Central Region
Region Communications Committee Chair
September 2010 – November 2013
Young Architects Forum St Louis
Past Chair 2008-2011
January 2006 – June 2011
Building Enclosure Council St Louis
St Louis Revit User Group
San Francisco Dynamo User Group
BIM Council of St Louis
Founding Member, Steering Committee
August 2012 – November 2013
AIA St Louis Chapter
Liaison to the YAFSTL
AIA Design Awards Committee
After a few years working out of school I found an interest in growing the community of Young Architects in St Louis. After a rebranding and relaunch of the Young Architects Forum of St Louis I became Chair of the group. We established monthly social events, creating a networking for those studying for the professional licensing exam, established a scholarship program to help pay for the exams, created a softball team made up of mix of firms not large enough to create their own team in the Architecture Softball league, and started to host an annual holiday event centered around recognizing those recently licensed that year. The YAFSTL has continued to grow and they meet monthly as an established group in St Louis with national recognition.
As a member of CSI I participated on local, regional and national levels first volunteering as a Communications Chair for the CSI St Louis Chapter. During my time as St Louis Communications Chair we moved from a paper news letter and manual membership registration to a new website with a digital RSVP system for meetings and a growing social media presence. Membership grew as well as an increase in participation among existing members. Today the website, twitter and facebook resources maintain as a significant means of communicating to the members of the local chapter. My efforts at the local chapter were recognized with a regional award and I was elected at CSI North Central Regional Communications Chair where I moved the regional forward with the same initiatives.
To increase awareness among young professionals I participated on my first CSI National Task Team where we established a new membership level called Emerging Professional. The Emerging Professional brand as established a new category of those not students and not established professionally. The EP group now meets annually at the national convention where a both networking and mentorship programs have help to increase awareness of CSI to a new generation of participation.
During my time on the EP Task Team I also participated in a rebranding effort at the national level for CSI where we designed a new logo and tag line that has helped to updated the brand of CSI. The Redesign efforts also launched new efforts across the website, social media and general branding across regional and local chapters to unify the organizations and standardize the messaging.
Participating on the St Louis CSI Chapter board for 5 years taught me how to run meetings, define goals and keep momentum from one year to the next with consistent messaging and continuity of efforts. We moved to a fully digital agenda, newsletter, membership directory, and RSVP system for meetings, golf tournament, and product show.
The St Louis AIA Chapter asked me to join the Design Awards committee where we improved the process to submit digital proposals and established an improved process to published the awards as a book that to this day is advertising review stream supporting the Awards program.
When a group of technical Architects in St Louis wanted to established a Building Enclosure Chapter I volunteered to help in the branding, messaging and development of the website, RSVP meeting process and social media presence. The BEC of St Louis has grown to an established group meeting monthly and increasing the knowledge of exterior enclosure technology advancements.
After the first version of the NBIMS was released by the BuildingSmart Alliance of the National Institute of Building Science, I became a member and started to participate in the process for version 2 and 3. In 2017 I started participating on the Information Standards Subcommittee to established a diagram that overlays process, standards and participants in the whole process of the building environment.