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Francis M. Pitts, FAIA, Elected 2015–2016 AIA Vice President
Francis M. Pitts, FAIA, from AIA Eastern New York, was elected 2015–2016 AIA Vice President at AIA Convention 2014 in Chicago. Pitts has served his home chapter of the AIA in a wide array of leadership positions: secretary, treasurer, and president. He was also president of AIA New York State in 2010. With the National Component of the AIA, Pitts served as President of the Academy of Architecture for Health in 2000, and as a Regional Director on the board from 2011 to 2013.
Pitts founded his firm, architecture+, in Troy, N.Y., in 1984, and since then the firm has garnered over 30 design awards, including four state and regional AIA awards. architecture+ is a 30-person regional practice with an international niche in healthcare architecture. Pitts’ specialized expertise has made him a leader in the fields of psychiatric hospital design, design for special populations, long-term care, and secure institutions.
“Our focus on the most beautiful buildings and those who design them comes with the risk that signature work is seen as the thing that we value most, at the expense of knowing and communicating the many and other ways that we provide services of significant value,” says Pitts. “We need to understand the many ways that architects practice successfully and profitably. We need to communicate and celebrate the diverse ways that we make a difference for our clients and communities. If we understand and celebrate what we all do, instead of focusing on the work of the famous few, we will change the value equation and the prosperity of our profession.”
Pitts earned a Bachelor of Building Science degree in 1975 and a B.Arch degree in 1976, both from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In addition, he is a founding member and fellow of the American College of Healthcare Architects.