People’s Choice Voting: Baltimore Urban Design Microfilm Competition 2017

This year, the AIABaltimore Urban Design Committee launched a competition for a micro-short film exploring the theme “What Makes Charm City Charming?”. In a film of no more than two minutes, entrants were challenged to investigate the public spaces that make Baltimore unique and how those spaces shape us. continue reading

Our Commitment to a Better Future for the Communities We Serve

Following last week’s election results, AIA National released a statement indicating AIA’s readiness to work with the new administration on relevant issues. The statement drew strong criticism from AIA members nationally, inspiring dialogue about the values of the AIA and the role of architects as advocates in our profession, our communities and our nation. continue reading

Opportunism and Principle. A Protest.

CEO Robert Ivy running the business of the Institute had no business to comment on the presidential election hours after the polls closed. Not before it is clear in any way how the President Elect will shape his urban, environmental, housing or climate change policies, areas for which AIA had carefully developed goals and strategies over the past years in an attempt of re-calibrating an organization that many saw out of step with our times. continue reading

Open Letter to Robert Ivy

We pen our voices in unison with others who are beyond disappointed with the perceived collective support the AIA has announced this week for the President-Elect and the newly elected Congress. There is much harm in turning a blind eye to human rights issues, and in the permission granted by an elite few to normalize a discourse of hate in this country. continue reading