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AIA Akron

AIA Akron is a local component of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). We represent over 170 members in 11 counties of the greater Akron area. Our mission is to organize and unite in fellowship the members of the Architecture profession. We promote the aesthetic, scientific and art of planning by advancing the standards of architectural education, training, and practice, to coordinate the building industry and the profession of architecture to ensure the advancement of the living standards or people through their improved environment.

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AIA Akron Announces the 2019 Design Award Jury

The biannual AIA Akron Design Awards Celebration recognizes the architects who shape our local, regional, and national communities. Design Award submissions are juried by a team of industry thought-leaders that evaluate design achievement, regardless of project category, type, or budget.
The 2019 AIA Akron Design Awards Jury includes:
  • Larry Chadwick, Akron Urban League
  • Jason Dodson, Roetzel & Andress LPA and Former Chief of Staff for Summit County, Ohio
  • Seth Grizzle, Owner and Creative Director of Graypants, Seattle and Amsterdam
  • Tim Hawk FAIA, Principal, WSA Studio, Columbus, Ohio
  • Lisa King, Landscape Architect and Executive Director, Summit Metro Parks
  • Kentrell Lodge, Architecture Student and President of Kent State NOMAS
  • Craig Wilson, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House (Cleveland & Akron)
Winners and designs will be celebrated at the 2019 Design Awards Celebration on September 12, 2019, held at The Trailhead at Cascade Lofts in Akron, Ohio, and we hope you can join us. To register, visit www.aiaakron.org/designawards

The American Institute of Architects denounces conditions at detention centers

The American Institute of Architects urges local, state, and federal leaders to work together to safeguard the dignity, safety, and welfare of everyone regardless of race, creed, gender, age or national origin in their custody and care at detention facilities.

AIA’s members are driven, as so clearly stated in our Code of Ethics, to “uphold human rights in all their professional endeavors.” Fundamentally, AIA’s vision is that the built environment promotes and preserves the health, safety, and welfare of every individual, and fosters universal respect for human dignity.

The conditions as described by numerous media reports and congressional fact-finding missions to detention facilities make clear that these buildings are not designed to handle the sheer numbers of people in them nor do they sustain the health, safety, and welfare of their occupants, many of whom are women and children. Above all, the misuse of these buildings and the impact on occupants in them are contrary to our values as architects and as Americans.

Architects are leading efforts to promote the design of safe, dependable, and healthy housing or shelter, including detention facilities.  Good design can ensure security and safety for staff and the traveling public combined with respect for human dignity and our nation’s fundamental values.

The AIA stands ready to advance governmental policies, regulations and procedures that provide the transparency, consistency and predictability needed to maintain or improve the health, safety, and welfare requirements for all buildings.

AIA calls for building inspectors and others (with appropriate authority) to proactively evaluate facilities to ensure that they are in full compliance with applicable laws and regulations to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of inhabitants. Consistent with applicable laws and codes, we urge swift correction and mitigation of all building code violations and that existing building codes be used to ensure the safety and welfare of all.

This statement was published July 22, 2019.


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Jillian R. Tipton
Executive Director

2841 Riviera Drive, Ste. 120
Fairlawn Ohio 44333
Appointment Only. 

P: 330-699-9788
E: jtipton@AIAakron.org