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Wednesday
May032017

SPRING 2017 NEWSLETTER

The AIA International Region is pleased to publish its Spring 2017 Newsletter.

Please go here to download the newsletter.

Wednesday
Apr122017

AIA IR TORONTO MEET AND GREET

Thursday
Apr062017

AIA IR Vancouver Meet and Greet

Sunday
Feb262017

Notice of Annual Meeting of Members

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 jstephens@aia.org, or Emily Dorey, Director, International and Unstaffed Components, at emilydorey@aia.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

Sunday
Feb262017

Where we stand: Immigration and visa restrictions

 

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.