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For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. By using sustainable design practices, materials, and techniques, AIA architects are uniquely poised to provide the leadership and guidance needed to provide solutions to address climate change. AIA architects walk the walk on sustainable design. Visit www.aia.org/walkthewalk.

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AIA Board of Directors appoints Ron Miller and Katharine Weymouth to serve as Public...

The Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected Ron Miller and Katharine Weymouth to serve as Public Directors. In their new roles, Miller and Weymouth will provide knowledge and advice to the AIA Board

Architects Praise Introduction of National Mitigation Investment Act of 2016

Legislation will reduce disaster losses and save lives by shifting the federal focus to pre-disaster mitigation and resilient construction. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today applauded Reps. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., and Albio Sires, D-N.J., for the introduction of bipartisan legislation to focus federal disaster policy on preventing losses.

Architects to Create Resilience Curriculum for Profession

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced that it will create a resilience curriculum for the professional development of architects, including resilient design and decision-making on hazard mitigation, climate adaptation and community resilience

Resilience Building Coalition Releases Progress Report

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and 38 other leaders of America’s design and construction industry, today released a report on progress made on the resilience front since the Resilience Building Coalition announced the Building Industry Statement on Resilience two years ago.

AIA/Architects Foundation Diversity Advancement Scholarship Recipient Selected

Shannar O’Connor, a freshman attending the University of Miami School of Architecture, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the AIA/Architects Foundation Diversity Advancement Scholarship. Working in collaboration, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Architects Foundation award the scholarship to high school graduates, college freshmen, and community college students from a minority background who intend to pursue a NAAB-accredited professional degree in architecture. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage diversity in the architecture profession.

The American Institute of Architects Select the 2016 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the 2016 AIA Convention in Philadelphia.

Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building Lauded with AIA Sustainable Design Award

GSA project highlighted as example of reducing operating costs, saving tax payer money and providing healthier work space for a federal agency. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the U.S. General Services Administration Region 10’s (GSA) Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in Portland, OR, as the recipient of the Top Ten Plus award. In its fourth year, the award recognizes one past AIA COTE Top Ten Project Award recipient which has quantifiable metrics demonstrating the true impact the sustainable design has achieved

Architects Denounce Senate Vote Killing Energy Conservation Requirements for Federal Buildings

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act. The legislation repeals targets for reducing fossil fuel consumption in federal buildings contained in Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by then-President George W. Bush.

Architecture Billings Index Ends the First Quarter on an Upswing

The Architecture Billings Index reflects consecutive months of increasing demand for design activity at architecture firms. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 51.9, up from the mark of 50.3 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.1, down from a reading of 59.5 the previous month.

Architects Launch “SpeakUp” Advocacy and Action Training

July 13-15 Event Geared To Increasing Architects’ Advocacy Skills in Legislative and Political Arenas. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced the opening of registration for its first-ever “SpeakUp” advocacy and action event, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill on July 13-15 in Washington, D.C.

Architects and the International WELL Building Institute Form Partnership to Elevate Health and Wellness...

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI)™ today announced a partnership to advance the AIA’s design and health initiative. As the first corporate supporter of the initiative, IWBI will bring leading edge health and design information, research, and professional education opportunities to AIA members to enable their stewardship of health and wellness-focused design and architecture. Through WELL Workshops hosted around the country, AIA will provide educational opportunities to support its membership in becoming WELL Accredited Professionals (WELL APs).

The American Institute of Architects Select Seven Recipients for the 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building...

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) selected seven recipients to receive the 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. The AIA and the ALA developed this award program to encourage and recognize excellence in the architectural design of libraries. As the traditional role of libraries evolves, the designs of these community spaces have changed to reflect the needs of the surrounding residence, as represented by the recipients of the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

The American Institute of Architects Select Ten Recipients for the 2016 Housing Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected ten recipients for the 2016 Housing Awards. The AIA’s Housing Awards program, now in its 16th year, was established to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life.

AIA Celebrates National Architecture Week, April 10–16

National Architecture Week is a public awareness campaign dedicated to elevating the public’s appreciation of design and to bring attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities. This year’s National Architecture Week will bring special focus on architects’ profound ability to impact communities through design and collaboration. In support of this theme the AIA will announce the recipients of the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards on April 12th.

Architects, National Conference of State Legislatures and National Council for Public-Private Partnerships Release White...

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced the publication of a white paper on the nation’s $3 trillion public infrastructure crisis and how public private partnerships (P3) offer a possible solution

Lessons Learned from Award Winning Sustainable Design Projects

In order to examine how the architectural community is evolving in regards to sustainable design practices, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) undertook an in-depth study of nearly 200 COTE Top Ten Award winning projects encompassing almost 20 years.

Modest Expansion for Architecture Billings Index

The Architecture Billings Index saw a dip into negative terrain for the first time in five months in January, but inched back up in February with a small increase in demand for design services. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the February ABI score was 50.3, up slightly from the mark of 49.6 in the previous month.

Building Code Adoption Key for State and Local Governments to Withstand Disasters

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) on Tuesday filed comments in a Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) rule-making proceeding, supporting in concept the establishment of a disaster deductible for states and local governments in lieu of raising the threshold for disaster declarations

Residential Construction Activity on the Rise in all Regions

With strong demand for residential design in every region across the country, homeowners investment in their kitchens and bathrooms remains a primary focus. Kitchens specifically have reinforced their position as the center of the home with design considerations that accommodate multiple activities. These are among the major findings from the AIA’s Home Design Trends Survey for the fourth quarter of 2015, which focused on kitchen and bath design trends.

American Institute of Architects Foundation Adds Three More Members to National Resilience Initiative, Completing...

The American Institute of Architects Foundation, (AIAF) along with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), today announced three new members of the National Resilience Initiative, creating a nationwide network of six resilient design studios geared toward helping local communities become better prepared to bounce forward from the impacts of natural disasters and climate change

Architects Take Leading Position In New Tax Reform Coalition

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced that it has signed on as charter members of “Parity for Main Street Employers” (PMSE), a coalition pushing for comprehensive tax reform that treats small business fairly

George Smart, Honored with the 2016 AIA Collaborative Achievement Award

George Smart, through his tireless efforts with North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), has created a fresh awareness of modern architecture in the minds of the public. NCMH’s impact has grown from the local level, to state, and now national through a wealth of programs and initiatives for a growing range of people. The Collaborative Achievement Award recognizes and encourages distinguished achievements of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others who have had a beneficial influence on or advanced the architectural profession.

Hans Butzer, AIA, Honored with the 2016 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award

Hans Butzer, AIA, is being recognized with the 2016 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for his work advancing the caliber of public building in Oklahoma City. The Thomas Jefferson Award recognizes excellence in architectural advocacy and achievement. Butzer will be honored at the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia.

Architects Issue Statement on Two-Year Extension of Energy Efficiency Tax Deduction

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement on Congress’s two-year extension of the 179D tax deduction, which provides up to $1.80 per square foot for the design of energy efficient buildings. Please attribute the statement to AIA President Russell Davidson, FAIA

Architects Create Commission to Advance Diversity in the Profession

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has created the Equity in Architecture Commission, a blue-ribbon panel of leading architects, educators, and diversity experts to investigate diversity and inclusion in the profession. The 20-member group is charged with assessing recent data, setting a plan of action, and reporting on results to the AIA Board of Directors by the end of 2016.

Architecture Billings Index Hits another Bump

As has been the case a few times already this year, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dipped in November. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the November ABI score was 49.3, down from the mark of 53.1 in the previous month.

Community Access Continues to Top Housing Preferences

As the nation’s metro areas continues to expand, homeowners are seeking community amenities that allow them to remain connected to people and commerce. Walkability, higher density and infill development, as well as access to public transportation are all on the rise according to the findings from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the third quarter of 2015, which focuses on community and neighborhood design.

Architects Foundation’s Design and Health Research Consortium Expands, Adding Six New Members

The Architects Foundation, along with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), today named six more schools of architecture and public health as members of the AIA Design & Health Research Consortium.

Architects Foundation Issues 2015 Annual Report on Design and Health Research Consortium

The Architects Foundation, along with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), today issued its first progress report of the AIA’s Design and Health Research Consortium. The consortium helps translate research on design’s influence on public health into architectural practice for policymakers, design and public health professionals and the general public.

Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting Features “Fast Track” Commitment to Action for Reconstructing Safe...

On the second day of this year’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, the focus of the opening plenary turned to helping Nepal “build back better” following the devastating earthquakes last spring. The plenary session featured a commitment by CGI members All Hands Volunteers and The Architects Foundation to reconstruct culturally appropriate, earthquake resilient permanent homes for displaced families in the Sindhupalchuk district of Nepal, a region in which approximately 90% of the housing stock was destroyed

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