AIA commends career of Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA

WASHINGTON – Nov. 1, 2018 - The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is issuing the following statement regarding the upcoming retirement of Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers, FAIA:

“Throughout his tenure as Architect of the Capitol, Stephen Ayers has successfully ensured the highest standard of preservation for some of the most important buildings in American history while also overcoming significant challenges. He shepherded the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center project to completion; he oversaw the repair of the Washington Monument following significant damage during the 2011 earthquake; and he restored the U.S. Capitol Dome and Rotunda by repairing more than 1,000 cracks. He has proven how architects can lead and serves as a symbol of the impact architects have on public projects. His work over the course of his 20 years in public service is truly a blueprint for better.”

Historically AIA serves a role in the process of advising on the Architect of the Capitol position. In years past, the Institute has submitted recommendations of highly qualified architects to the U.S. Congressional Commission—tasked with formally submitting candidates to the president for nomination—for their consideration. Additionally, AIA has routinely testified before Congress on nominees. The Institute is currently convening a task force to lead a review of architects that could be recommended for the Architect of the Capitol position.

About AIA

Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing.

AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.


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