The 2017 Annual Meeting of the members of the AIA International Region will take place Thursday, April 27, 2017, commencing at 2:00 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time), in Room W104, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, USA. The meeting will be conducted for the purpose of nominating and electing the First Vice President and the Treasurer whose terms expire at the end of 2017; for receiving the annual reports of the Board and the Treasurer; and for the transaction of such other business as may be appropriate.
All members of the AIA International Region are invited to attend.
For additional information, contact AIA Senior Vice President and General Counsel Jay Stephens, Hon. AIA, at email@example.com, or Emily Dorey, Director, International and Unstaffed Components, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information will also be available soon on the AIA International Region’s Web Site at www.aiainternational.org. The complete PDF form with instructions may be downloaded here.
SHERIF ANIS, AIA
SECRETARY AIA INTERNATIONAL REGION
FEBRUARY 25, 2017
The American Institute of Architects believes that people from around the world who desire to live, study, work and travel to and from the United States are vital to American growth and innovation, and that immigration and travel restrictions negatively impact business and the profession of architecture.
We uphold the following principles:
- All people everywhere must be treated fairly and with dignity and respect.
- Immigration policy must ensure our visa system welcomes individuals who want to contribute to society and stops those who seek to harm us.
- Architecture is a global profession. Immigration and travel restrictions can disrupt the business of many of our nation’s architectural firms that serve clients and employ staff in and from the countries targeted by the restrictions.
- Architecture firms and many other businesses must have the ability to attract and retain highly qualified and skilled talent from within and outside the US to remain competitive and meet demand.
- Freedom to travel without unnecessary restrictions enhances our ability to create and pursue business wherever opportunities exist, and to better serve our clients. Strong businesses create jobs that contribute to the health of the US and global economy.
- Exposure to global perspectives on the built environment is an essential part of architecture and architectural education in the US, and immigrants, colleagues, students and faculty from around the world contribute significantly to this character.
- Societies everywhere benefit from the ability of architects of all nationalities to collaborate.
The AIA stands for these values and principles. The profession and the broader industry benefit from a visa and immigration process that is uniform, transparent and free from arbitrary implementation.
AIA NATIONAL BOARD - WASHINGTON DC
Now more than ever, the collective voice of architects is essential for designing a better future for our country and planet. Even in times of change, AIA’s values remain constant. We are at the table with policymakers who are committed to a better built environment and a prosperous architecture profession. But we will not hesitate to call out those whose values we oppose.
Today our nation faces unprecedented challenges: the impacts of a changing climate on our communities and critical infrastructure that is deteriorating from neglect. We need policymakers to put politics aside and get to work. No more delay—it is time to act.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) works to advance our nation’s quality of life and protect the public’s health, safety and welfare, as it has done for 160 years.
Each day AIA members across the country and throughout the world create the places where people live and learn, work, and play. We design hospitals that heal us and houses of worship that sustain us. We create next generation energy-saving buildings to make our communities healthier and safer. All the while, architects work with clients and allied design professionals and construction partners to improve the built environment in a $1 trillion sector that accounts for almost 6 percent of the economy.
These priorities form the basis of our legislative goals for the 115th Congress. They are derived from the feedback we have received from thousands of members since the election. This federal agenda is our blueprint for achieving positive change in Washington by harnessing the power of architects and their allies to advocate to their elected representatives.
Combined with architects' advocacy in state houses and city halls across America, this agenda serves as a solid foundation upon which we will anchor our profession in this constantly changing political landscape.
Finally, our federal agenda represents the charge from our Board of Directors to reassert our values as a profession. As we have done since our founding we are committed to advancing public policies that seek the greater good and that foster stronger, more sustainable communities and a prosperous, equitable society for all.
This is where we stand—today and every day. For the full statement from the AIA please go here.