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.
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.
AIA Ohio is soliciting nominations for the positions of Senior Associate Director and Junior Associate Director, to replace Stephanie Gula, Assoc. AIA.
Per the AIA Ohio Bylaws:
6.09 Associate Director: There shall be two (2) Associate Directors. The Associate Directors shall be Associate Members of the AIA at the time they are elected. The Associate Directors shall be elected by the Board, based on nominations by the Chapters, with each Chapter having not more than one (1) nomination. The election shall take place at the board meeting preceding the annual meeting of the Society. The Associate Directors shall serve for a staggered term of two (2) years each, or until a successor is chosen. The Senior Associate Director shall have one (1) vote. In the absence of the Senior Associate Director, the Junior Associate Director shall carry the Associate Director vote.
The Senior Associate Director elected this year will serve a one year term, from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2020. The Junior Associate Director elected this year will serve a two-year term, from Jan. 1, 2020-Dec. 31, 2021. Nominations and declarations of candidacy should be made by sending a letter of intent from the candidate, a letter of support from the component, and a list of qualifications to AIA Ohio by August 23, 2019.
Information for each nominated or declared candidate shall be submitted via email to:
Kate Brunswick at Kate@assnoffices.com.
Nominations or declarations will be forwarded to the AIA Ohio Board for review prior to the September 6 AIA Ohio Board Meeting. Candidates should plan to be available to attend this meeting, which will be held at 10 a.m. in Columbus, in order to be interviewed by the Board.