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Dec032016

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Thursday
Dec012016

OPEN LETTER TO MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF THE AIA INTERNATIONAL REGION

 
 

29 November 2016

AN OPEN LETTER TO MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF THE AIA INTERNATIONAL REGION

The American Institute of Architects is a bi-partisan organization, and has never endorsed a candidate for government office. A public statement addressed to the U.S. President-Elect on 9 November and sent to AIA members by Robert Ivy, FAIA, its Executive Vice President and CEO, offended many of you because it was an effort to engage the incoming President on behalf of all AIA members. The toxic political atmosphere created by the campaign leading up to the general elections resulted in the very regrettable current situation in which political discourse of any nature is problematic, if not explosive. More so than any other of the AIA's 19 regions, our membership is richly diverse in citizenships and ethnicities, and many statements from the Trump campaign were highly divisive along lines of race, ethnicity, gender and nationality-not to mention the campaign's political platform that is all but devoid of environmental sensitivity. Whereas President-Elect Trump and his advisors and supporters made public comments and statements that were contrary to our profession's beliefs, the AIA has been and will remain committed to our values, including diversity and inclusivity.
Robert, accompanied by Russell Davidson, FAIA, the President of the AIA, quickly acknowledged that this communication was inappropriate and offered an apology to all 89,000 AIA members via a short video-recorded statement. Most recently, in a written statement from Robert and Russell headlining the 17 November AIA Architect e-newsletter, they sought to reaffirm the Institute's core values that they described as supportive of human and civil rights with universal respect for human dignity; equity, diversity and inclusion (which they connected to the rebuilding of facilities supporting social infrastructure); a commitment as architects to serve all members of society; a commitment "...to leverage the transformative power of architecture to design a better world" and the belief that "...justice demands equal access to healthy living environments and affordable housing"; recognition of the fundamental importance of sustainable design practices (including acknowledgement of climate change and the 2030 Commitment); and to promote the value of architects in driving "...positive legislative and policy outcomes at all levels of government."
The AIA has established feedback@aia.org as a means of listening to your concerns and comments, with the commitment to plan for face-to-face listening opportunities in the coming months. We encourage you to register your thoughts, particularly regarding how to move forward into the Trump administration without compromise to our shared core values. We will press for the promised "listening opportunities" to include venues in U.K./Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific so as to give our members a reasonable opportunity for direct involvement. This is our AIA--and far from being a time to flee it, it is a time come together as a community. We encourage you to channel whatever feelings and anxieties you may have about the U.S. presidential election into a constructive voice in support of meeting the apparent challenges ahead regarding public policy and social and environmental engagement.



THE AIA INTERNATIONAL REGION BOARD OF DIRECTORS


James M. Wright, AIA
PRESIDENT

Thierry Paret, FAIA
FIRST VICE PRESIDENT

Lester Korzilius, FAIA
SECRETARY

Loay Quota, AIA
TREASURER

Dr. Christine Bruckner, FAIA
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Steven Miller, FAIA
INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE TO THE AIA STRATEGIC COUNCIL

Robert Rhodes, AIA
DIRECTOR (ZONE 1)

Tannar Whitney, AIA
DIRECTOR (ZONE 1)

Christopher Chan, AIA
DIRECTOR (ZONE 2)

George Kunihiro, FAIA
DIRECTOR (ZONE 2)



ON BEHALF OF THE INTERNATIONAL CHAPTERS OF THE AIA


Frederick Grier, AIA
PRESIDENT, AIA UNITED KINGDOM

Nora Demeter, Intl. Assoc. AIA
PRESIDENT, AIA CONTINENTAL EUROPE

Ken Hau, AIA
PRESIDENT, AIA HONG KONG

George Kunihiro, FAIA
PRESIDENT, AIA JAPAN

Sherif Anis, AIA
PRESIDENT, AIA MIDDLE EAST

Greg Yager, AIA
PRESIDENT, AIA SHANGHAI



REFERENCE MATERIAL

The following is the text of the message AIA members received in an email from Robert Ivy, the organization's CEO, one day after the national elections:

"The AIA and its 89,000 members are committed to working with President-elect Trump to address the issues our country faces, particularly strengthening the nation's aging infrastructure. During the campaign, President-elect Trump called for committing at least $500 billion to infrastructure spending over five years. We stand ready to work with him and with the incoming 115th Congress to ensure that investments in schools, hospitals and other public infrastructure 
continue to be a major priority.

"We also congratulate members of the new 115th Congress on their election. We urge both the incoming Trump Administration and the new Congress to work toward enhancing the design and construction sector's role as a major catalyst for job creation throughout the American economy.

"This has been a hard-fought, contentious election process. It is now time for all of us to work together to advance policies that help our country move forward."


This is the video apology, released by the AIA on 15 November, 2016.


This is the written "Special Message to Members" dated 17 November, 2016.


 
Tuesday
Nov012016

AIA International Region Awards Announcement

The AIA International Internal Region is delighted to announce the recipients of the American Institute of Architects International Region 2016 Design Awards. Please click on the poster below for details on all the winners.

 

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Nov012016

 

 

 

Wednesday
Aug102016

AIA IR SECOND ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON OCTOBER 20-23 IN TORONTO - JOIN US AT THIS GREAT EVENT!

The AIA  IR invites you to join us in Toronto, Canada for our second annual conference. Please go here to complete the registration form.

For complete information on our exciting conference and stellar list of speakers please go here.

Please go here for discounted hotel rates at the Hilton Hotel. 
Alternatively, please type in the following to your web browser for a direct link to the AIA IR Hilton Hotel Link:  https://resweb.passkey.com/go/AIAIntlRegion