As our nation marks another Presidential inauguration and debates continue about collective values, I thought it might be helpful to share a statement from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) on the values held by our industry.
It begins by declaring "The 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."
The statement goes on to outline where AIA stands - today and everyday:
We stand for equity and human rights
We stand for architecture that strengthens our communities
We stand for a sustainable future
We stand for protecting communities from the impact of climate change
We stand for economic opportunity
We stand for investing in the future
You may read the statement in full, here. As a member of AIA, my work and my approach to every project reflects these values. I stand with members across the country who are committed to focus the power of design on solving the challenges facing our nation.