Chapter Response to AIA National

AIA East Bay sent the following letter to AIA’s leadership in response to a poorly-timed
press release issued on behalf of the members of the AIA, many of whom took umbrage by its message.


November 16, 2016

American Institute of Architects
1735 New York Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20006-5292

Dear AIA National President Russell Davidson, President-Elect Thomas Vonier, and Executive Vice President and CEO Robert Ivy:

In this highly divisive election cycle and even more extraordinary post-election reaction, it is difficult to comprehend why Mr. Ivy issued the statement he did on behalf of AIA’s 89,000 members so soon after the election.

We acknowledge the apology, which, it must be said, came only after swift rebuke by AIA members.  On their behalf and specifically on the behalf of the AIA East Bay Chapter members who practice architecture with respect for people, inclusion and diversity; who lead efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change; and who have dedicated careers to creating beautiful, healthful and sustainable places that make positive differences in people’s lives, we ask that AIA National develop, articulate and memorialize clear protocols for future leaders so that this “mistake” does not happen again.  We feel this is a critical first step towards restoring trust in AIA National leadership.

We look forward to the AIA National listening sessions to affirm our collective values. In anticipation, the AIAEB chapter leadership will conduct our own chapter-wide listening sessions in January 2017 to prepare for our upcoming work with AIA National.


Susi Marzuola, AIA                Winston Win, AIA                  Sidney Sweeney
President                                 President-elect                        Executive Director

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