February 3, 2017
Dear AIA New York members and colleagues,
The leadership of AIA New York wishes to reaffirm to our membership and extended community our fundamental commitment to providing shelter and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of all people. Civil dialogue, reciprocal respect, and the protection of human rights are essential to our activities and are vital characteristics of the profession. We believe in inalienable rights, regardless of creed or nation of origin, gender or sexual orientation, language or skin color.
These values underpin the practice of our profession. We believe in equity in design and its benefits to all, and we embrace inclusivity and the diversity of both society and our profession. Architecture is a civic art that seeks cultural and societal benefit for people across all demographic constituencies. By extension, we support and are aligned with initiatives that endow and strengthen education and the arts.
We will continue to espouse fair and ethical business practices throughout the building industry. We remain committed to mitigating climate change and protecting New Yorkers from its unavoidable consequences, advocating for evidence-based best practices in energy conservation and resilient and sustainable high-performance building design.
We anticipate that under the new president’s administration, policies may and in certain instances will, challenge the values that underpin practices that our profession seeks to protect. Following the election, our Board of Directors issued a call to members for suggestions of how this organization can best respond to the challenges we face as a community. The overwhelming response from AIANY’s January 5th Community Forum event and new Member Voices account (firstname.lastname@example.org) advised our organization to look inward and create foundational tools we can rely on and refer back to as critical issues arise.
To this end, AIA New York has drafted position statements on various aspects of the built and natural environment directly impacted by federal agencies and policies. These statements have been developed in collaboration with AIANY’s Housing Committee, Education Committee, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Committee on the Environment. As issues come to the fore, these statements will guide how we develop our advocacy initiatives as well as how we engage with AIANY members.
We are first and foremost a membership organization, and our members are our strength. We look forward to hearing your voices and working closely with you on issues of urgency to the profession.
David Piscuskas, FAIA, LEED AP
AIA New York
Benjamin Prosky, Assoc AIA
AIA New York
June 6, 2017AIA New York President Letter: Paris Climate Accord
AIA New York opposes the administration’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement.January 1, 2017AIA New York Position Statement: Education
The public school system is the hallmark of our democracy and public education is an inalienable right of our citizens. Public schools should provide all students with the quality learning environments and education the deserve.January 1, 2017AIA New York Position Statement: Sustainability and the Environment
In 2014, U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions totaled 6,870 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, a per capita total of 17 metric tons for each resident of the United States.January 1, 2017AIA New York Position Statement: Risk and Recovery
Recent changes in policy and regulations at the federal level—such as withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, and the rescinding of water pollution regulations, and the suspending of climate-sensible safeguards at the EPA, to name a few—are reversing a decades-long course of positive and protective actions in defending the quality of our national environment.January 1, 2017AIA New York Position Statement: Transportation and Infrastructure
The transportation infrastructure of New York City and the surrounding tristate area directly impacts the welfare and livelihood of its over 20 million residents and those of hundreds of millions of visitors and travelers each year.January 1, 2017AIA New York Position Statement: Housing
Section 8, created by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1978, provides rental subsidiaries to approximately 4.8 million low-income households nationwide.January 1, 2017AIA New York Position Statement: Historic Preservation
For more than thirty-five years, the federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC) has successfully facilitated a national policy of connecting the insistent evolvement of our present with the accomplishments of our past by preserving our historic resources.January 1, 2017AIA New York Position Statement: Design for AgingThe world population of people over the age of 65 is increasing. By 2020, it is estimated that people aged 65 and older will outnumber children under the age of five for the first time in human history; by 2050, over 15% of the world’s population will be 65 or older, topping out at 1.5 billion people.November 11, 2016AIANY Board of Directors Letter to Membership Regarding the 2016 Election
The statement made post-election by AIA National of behalf of you, the largest chapter within its network of 89,000 members, pledged your support to an administration that many strongly denounce.