ArCHintro

ArCHintro is the introduction page for all new ArCHmembers.

WELCOME new ArCHmember!
The following lists several items that you may find interesting and enjoyable and will help you obtain more value from your membership in ArCH:

100.  ArCH MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATE
If you haven’t received your ArCHmembership certificate yet, you will.  ArCH’s new MMS (Member Management Software) just added this functionality, with a format suitable for you to printout and proudly hang on your office wall.  Your sequential ArCHmembership number and your name will appear on your certificate.

200.  ArCH DESIGNATION IN YOUR ALPHABET SOUP
ArCH requests that all members please consider putting the “ArCH” designation ArCHimmediately after your name, or very nearly so, like this:
Frank Lloyd Whirlwind, Architect, ArCH, ASPCA, LEED AP, NCARB.
This is so that other Architects may notice the ArCH designation and become curious about it and may become members.  This continues to happen, so please do your part to assist in this effort. Be proud of your affiliation with ArCH.

300.  MY ACCOUNT MENU ITEM ON THE ArCH MEMBER LINKS MENU
You can always update your ArCHmembership information by yourself by accessing the MY ACCOUNT choice on the MEMBER LINKS menu choice on the ArCHwebsite menu.
Look at the main ArCH menu (directly under the Big Picture) and click MEMBER Links. The first choice is MY ACCOUNT. Click on that.
It’s here: http://www.archomes.org/my-account
Then you’ll need to login using your existing username or email address and password for your ArCH account. You can make a new one if you’ve lost your password. You’re probably better off using your email address, as that is part of your account information in the ArCHdatabase. Click on “Remember me” so it’s easier the next time.
That will then give you access to your ArCH information, such as your company name, your address, your email, phone, architectural license held, and allow you to change your password, along with several other things. Please keep your information current.

400.  INVITATION TO ATTEND THE NEXT ArCH ExComm
When possible, we will sometimes invite new ArCHmembers to attend an ArCH Executive Committee weekly session via Skype.  We will need your Skype Name and your Skype approval (through Skype) after we attempt to obtain your consent to be contacted by us.  Skype can only handle up to 10 members in an group call at one time, so we hope to be able to continue this policy (it is becoming increasingly more difficult).  Please make your interest known, if you don’t hear from ArCH by contacting: ArCH
This allows you to participate in the inner workings of your new organization.  It’s an exciting exposure into how things are accomplished in this bold group of Architects.

500.  INDICATE WHAT FOCUS GROUPS MOST INTEREST YOU
If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to review the various Focus Group areas, check out this list: Focus Areas.  We will have your interest logged in on your membership database record and will try to reach out to you to see if you might be interested in various Focus Groups.  If you do not hear from ArCH about this, then it will likely be up to you to contact the Focus Group Chairperson directly to see if you can participate in a particular group or groups.

600.  ArCHmember COUPON CODES FOR ArCHstore PRODUCTS
Click here to go to the ArCH Coupon Code List.
This is a password-protected page and you will not be able to access it until you ask for the password, or until the Membership Management Software emails that to you in an email called “ArCHintro”.  If you are eager to obtain the coupon codes to make an ArCHstore discounted purchase,  please click here:–> ArCHstore coupon codes.  Identify yourself by name and ArCHmember number, and what you are after, and we’ll get that right off to you.
The ArCHmember coupon codes will provide you with thousands of dollars worth of discounts on a variety of ArCHproducts that you may find useful to your practice.  YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED AN AUTOMATED EMAIL FROM ArCH WITH THE PASSWORD TO THE COUPON CODE PAGE: use that to gain access to the coupon code page.  Each ArCHproduct has its own coupon code: you will need to make a note (or copy and paste) the coupon code from the Coupon Code page to be used by you to obtain the discount on each product separately.  Thank you!
Keep in mind that the best deal on the ArCHstore will be ArCHsuite™.

700.  ArCH FIND AN ARCHITECT: your Own Webpage for your Firm on ArCH
First, you need to get registered on the ArCHblog.  You do that here:
http://www.archomes.org/arch-blog-registering-process-log-in-instructions
(Note: the above has recently been simplified: see the link above for more information).

Then there is some ArCHadmin back and forth (which could take a few days) to get your webpage up and running, then:
http://www.archomes.org/instructions-for-editing-your-firm-page-posting

It takes a little work, getting used to WordPress, the software of the ArCHwebsite, but it’s well worth it. Once again: the process of establishing your blank firm webpage on the ArCHwebsite is in the process of becoming automated.  If you don’t receive a notice that it is up and ready, let us know.

800.  OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE ONE OR MORE OF YOUR BEST PROJECT IMAGES FEATURED IN THE “BIG PICTURE” SLIDE SHOW AT THE TOP OF THE ArCH WEBSITE PAGES
If you will send 1000 wide x 378 tall (exactly) pixel JPGs of your best couple of images, ArCH will try to insert them into the Big Picture ArCH slideshow that is showcased at the top of nearly every page on the ArCHwebsite.  Please keep images no larger than about 350k (nothing more than 400k, which is LESS than 1 MB).  You will need to add your own copyright.  Use the format you see on the other images in the Big Picture Slide Show on the website.  Use Arial font of a size and color (white, grey or black) similar to what you see as examples from other ArCHmember images on the existing Slide Show.  Send your JPGs to: Rand@HomeArchitects.com 
This is great exposure for your best work.  As ArCH grows, we can’t guarantee that every new member will have this exposure, so take advantage of this now!

900.  ArCH CODE OF CONDUCT
Please take a couple of minutes to review the ArCH Code of Conduct.  When you became a member, you agreed to abide by these policies.  Thank you.

1000.  ArCH MASS (Marketing Architectural Services Successfully)
ArCH MASS is a password protected page on the ArCHwebsite that can assist you in marketing your architectural firm.  The password is the same as the main ArCHstore Coupon Code.

1100ArCHmember DISCOUNT VEHICLE BUYING SOURCE
Click here: ArCH Vehicle Buying Source
to obtain what is likely to be one of the least expensive vehicle dealerships in the eastern USA.  This is a password protected page.  You can obtain the password to this page on the ArCHstore coupon codes.

1200.  ArCH Membership Recruitment
We’re asking that you, as a new ArCHmember, make it a regular practice to help recruit more new members into ArCH.  ArCH is global and there’s about a million licensed Architects on the planet.  We’d like to see many of those become aware of ArCH and to join us in our mission to Improve Residential Architecture.  Here are some recruitment techniques that our members have suggested to help to grow ArCH:
ArCH Membership RecruitmentPlease find just 5 minutes a week to employ some of these strategies; you’ll be helping ArCH and yourself to be stronger and to increase the volume of our combined voice in world.

WELCOME TO ArCH!  Thank you for joining.  Please let our Membership Manager know if you have any questions:
Ken Parel-Sewell, ArCH Membership Manager