Statement by Peter Exley, FAIA, 2021 President and Robert Ivy, FAIA, CEO

April 21, 2021

Yesterday’s guilty verdict provides a small measure of justice. In the year since George Floyd was murdered, the nation and the world recommitted to having the difficult and necessary conversations needed to end systemic racial  injustice in all its forms. This one act of justice is an opportunity for reflection, and for some, provides a sense of hope.  

As we are all painfully aware, systemic racism  endangers the health, safety, and welfare of far too many and erodes their trust in public institutions. This is a moment that calls on all of us to act with urgency, integrity, clarity, and courage.

We make this statement today, not only as members of a society of architecture professionals, but as members of society.

AIA remains committed to doing the hard and urgent work to break down barriers and promote a culture that advances equity and belonging, values diversity and protects human dignity. We know that as an association representing a profession sworn to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public nothing less than our full attention and best efforts will do.

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