Press Release

AIA lauds U.S. recommitting to Paris Agreement

Jan 20, 2021

“We are deeply encouraged by this Administration’s swift and decisive action on climate change,” said AIA 2021 President Peter Exley, FAIA. “Re-establishing the United States’ commitment to the Paris climate accord sends a strong message to our nation and the world that we will pursue meaningful changes that can save our planet. As architects, we stand ready to play a significant role in achieving climate goals for the built environment and to working with the Administration and Congress toward that end.”

COVID-19 resources for architects

As we navigate this unprecedented crisis in our global community, AIA is committed to equipping our members with the information they need to help navigate these uncertain times. This page is intended provide guidelines, policies, and tools for our members and will be updated frequently as new resources are made available.

Future forward

Harnessing the passion of our members and the broader design community, the AIA is taking steps to do more to advance racial justice and equality in our organization, in our profession, and in our communities.

ABI December 2020: Architecture firm billings end the year on a sour note

Business conditions at architecture firms backslid in December, ending a tough year on a disappointing note.

ArchiPAC under review

AIA is announcing that ArchiPAC (AIA’s political action committee) has paused all PAC activities and contributions indefinitely, pending further review of the political situation and to enable the development of protocols to address this and future events aimed at undermining American voters. AIA is taking these steps as a direct result of the inflamed rhetoric and violence that preceded last week’s Congressional vote to certify the election of President-Elect Joe Biden.

2021 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award

Pascale Sablan, FAIA

As an architect and an activist, Pascale Sablan, FAIA, is a champion of women and diverse design professionals. Through documentation, careful curation, and promotion of their work, she has greatly enhanced the profession and broadened social awareness of the built environment. Just the 315th Black woman architect to attain licensure in the United States, Sablan’s drive has inspired those around her and spurred the network she has built to advocate for themselves and their communities.

2021 Architecture Firm Award

Moody Nolan

For Moody Nolan, diversity has been at the core of the firm’s philosophy since its founding. Much greater than a recruitment plan, the firm’s complete embrace of talent that hails from diverse cultures, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds allows it to nimbly address complex problems through its staff’s myriad points of view. The nation’s largest African American-owned and operated design firm, it has a long history of serving clients with its trademark navigation of cultural sensitivities and keen understanding of the impact its work has on individuals and communities.

2021 Gold Medal

Edward Mazria, FAIA

Edward Mazria, FAIA has built his distinguished career around motivating the profession to enact positive change and take immediate action on climate change. While many were introduced to carbon attributable to buildings and Edward Mazria’s research and insight in Metropolis’ October 2003 cover story, “Architects Pollute,” Mazria, FAIA, had long been sounding the alarm on climate change.

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