by Benjamin Prosky
Last Friday, AIA New York shared a set of position statements to guide us in responding to the policies of the new presidential administration. Following the election, AIANY’s Board of Directors issued a call to members for suggestions on how to best respond to the challenges facing the architectural profession. Overwhelmingly, responses advised the organization to look inward and create foundational tools to refer back to as critical issues arise.
We developed these statements in collaboration with AIANY’s Housing Committee, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Committee on the Environment, and Education Committee. The statements are broken down into four chapters—Housing, Transportation and Infrastructure, Sustainability and the Environment, and Education— and will help determine how AIANY develops advocacy initiatives and engages with AIANY members as issues come to the fore.
We have disseminated the position statements to our members and colleagues, as well as with the leadership of related organizations to ensure collaborative responses.
Thank you to our members who participated in this collective effort, including the many of you we’ve heard from at our Member Voices email (firstname.lastname@example.org), those of you who attended our AIANY Community Forum on 01.05.17, and the dedicated volunteers who make up our committees. We hope to continue to hear from you on these and other issues.