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Paul T. Mendelsohn, Hon. AIA | Notes of Interest

For nearly 15 years Paul Mendelsohn has served the profession of architecture in state-relations positions with the AIA. In his current role as vice president of government and community relations, Mendelsohn passionately represents the interests of architects to decision-makers at all levels of government; encourages and empowers AIA member involvement in the advocacy process; acts as trusted advisor to AIA leadership at the national, state, and local level; and constantly seeks to increase the public understanding of the value of architecture.

To promote a more active and influential role for architects in their communities, Mendelsohn has overseen the development and implementation of a Citizen Architect program designed to identify architects currently serving in leadership roles in their communities, connect policy-minded architects, and provide support to architects who wish to become more civically engaged.

To increase member engagement with elected officials at all levels of government, he built the Advocacy 365 program from the ground up. Elements of the initiative include a robust Action Alert system that has empowered architects to easily let members of Congress know their position on core issues. He has also led the development of DesignVote, which educates members on candidate positions during election years, and other materials and resources to help components convene candidate forums, town halls, and debates.

Mendelsohn’s advocacy through the AIA’s Rebuild and Renew Plan for Green Communities and a Green Economy, launched in late 2008, had a significant influence on the economic-stimulus debate. Under his leadership, Rebuild and Renew marshaled the forces of AIA members and staff to advocate for policies that would be not just “shovel-ready” but “shovel-worthy.”

As an ambassador for the profession, Mendelsohn has established relationships with key organizations, such as the Clinton Global Initiative, US Conference of Mayors Business Council, and the International Code Council (ICC). His work with the latter organization laid the foundation for the AIA’s involvement in the creation of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), published in 2011, and, more broadly, for an increasing interest in creating designer-friendly codes.

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Paul T. Mendelsohn, Hon. AIA

Location: Fairfax, Virginia

2014 AIA Honorary Membership Jury

  • Charles Schreckenberger, AIA, Chair
  • Braun & Steidl Architects Inc.
  • Akron
  • Torrey Stanley Carlton, Hon. AIA
  • AIA San Antonio
  • San Antonio
  • Eric R. Hoffman, AIA
  • Washington University in Saint Louis
  • St. Louis

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