Press Release

Lakisha Woods selected AIA Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer

Woods will serve as the 15th EVP/CEO of the American Institute of Architects.

Nov 19, 2021

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors has selected Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, as the next AIA Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer effective Jan. 31, 2022.

Career and the profession

Five projects by Hispanic architects

A study titled "Where Are My People? Hispanic & Latinx in Architecture", part of a larger series on diversity in architecture compiled by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), highlights a lack of recognition for Hispanic & Latinx architects in the profession's highest honors (AIA Gold Medal, AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion, Pritzker Prize, and ACSA Distinguished Professor). The author states, "...On the whole, [statistics] indicate that while schools are currently enrolling Hispanic/Latinx students at adequate numbers this does not transfer directly to the profession."


Regional Climate Risks


Understanding your project's climate is critical to improve design. This 10-part series explains changing and expected climate trends for each region of the US.

AIA headquarters renewal aims to model sustainability, equity, and innovation

The leadership of architects is critical in demonstrating the power of design to address society’s most pressing challenges, from climate action to racial and social justice to the pandemic.

Design for Aging Review Awards, 16th Edition

The Design for Aging Review showcases communities that represent conscientious surroundings and advance environments for senior living. These 8 projects represent the Merit and Special Recognition award recipients:

Career and the profession

Supporting architecture’s next generation

Zuleika Baldeo, a Morgan State University sophomore and recipient of the Curry Stone Foundation Diversity Advancement Scholarship, reflects on her path to the profession.

ABI September 2021: Architecture firm billings end the summer on a strong note

Firms have invested most heavily in technology to assist with communication and collaboration, as well as project management and delivery

Firm management

Supply chain issues? Blame COVID and globalism

Even if AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is settling into a productive mid-50s zone, supply chain problems are top of mind for the AEC industry.


A message to world leaders ahead of COP26

Devastating wildfires and brutal heat waves. Expanding drought. Disastrous storms and deadly flooding. Billions of dollars of damage and heartbreaking stories of lost lives and destroyed businesses and homes. Climate change is upon us, and the impacts we are witnessing and experiencing this year are but a harbinger of what’s to come in the years ahead if we collectively fail to act.


Architect’s Guide to Business Continuity

An all new and timely resource that provides guidance for reducing vulnerability so firms can remain open despite disruptions.

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