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Architects Issue Statement on Typhoon Haivan

Commits to Sharing Expertise and Knowledge to Help Those in Typhoon’s Wake


                                                                                              Contact: John Schneidawind

For immediate release:
Washington, D.C. – November 12, 2013 –
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement on the devastation in the central Philippines wrought by Typhoon Haivan. Please attribute to AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA:

“Architects and AIA members everywhere extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the many people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and elsewhere in the Pacific. 

“Through our national Disaster Assistance Committee, the American Institute of Architects has reached out to the International Union of Architects (UIA), Architects Regional Council of Asia (arcasia) and other professional associations in larger regions to offer any support we can to the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP). Additionally, we have been in close contact with our partner Architecture for Humanity, which is in the early stages of its response efforts

“AIA members are passionate advocates for training and education to improve a community’s disaster resilience, response and recovery. The AIA is committed to sharing resources, knowledge and expertise to help those affected by Typhoon Haivan’s devastation and rebuild their lives and livelihoods.

“For the moment, though, as initial relief work is being performed in the aftermath of the storm to stabilize daily life, the most important thing we can do is to contribute to organizations who are actively responding to this crisis. We encourage everyone to make a contribution to relief groups including Architecture For Humanity, or any other organizations you know and trust.”

To make a donation to Architecture For Humanity, please go to, or Text-To-Give 85944; keyword "rebuild" to donate $10.

“The AIA is committed to supporting our colleagues around the world to actively assist communities devastated by disasters to respond, recover and rebuild.”

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