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Saturday
Feb042017

Where Architects Stand: A Statement of Our Values

 

 

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.

Saturday
Dec032016

MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND JOIN US IN PRAGUE NEXT YEAR

 

 

 

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, FAIA
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.

 

Tuesday
Nov012016

 

 

 

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