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Jan 19, 2017

Donald Trump Infrastructure Plan News

President-elect Donald Trump taps two rich developers to oversee infrastructure plan

Donald Trump has chosen Richard LeFrak and Steve Roth, “two of the wealthiest men in real estate” according to Forbes, to head a “council of builders and engineers”. This new council will be tasked with overseeing Trump’s plan to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure, reports archinect. The Republican infrastructure plan relies heavily on private-public partnerships, so it’s not really a surprise that developers will be involved.

Roth founded Vornado, one of the most prominent real estate trusts in New York and Washington. Tornado is merging with JBG Smith, which is one of the shortlisted bidders for the development of a new FBI headquarters, a $2 billion contract. The LeFrak family has played a major role in developing New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Miami.

Dec 1, 2016

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Scott Frank, Senior Director of Media Relations for the AIA, resigns following the AIA’s statement of support for President-elect Donald Trump

Shortly following the election of Donald Trump, AIA CEO Robert Ivy released a statement on behalf of the 89,000 members of the organization, stating, “The AIA and its 89,000 members are committed to working with President-elect Trump to address the issues our country faces, particularly strengthening the nation’s aging infrastructure”, reports archinect. However, not all 89,000 members of the AIA do, in fact, commit to working with the controversial President-elect. As a result, many took to Twitter and other social media platforms to voice their discontent with the hashtag #NotMyAIA.

Now, Scott Frank, the AIA’s Senior Director of Media Relations, has resigned from his post in response to the controversy. Architect’s Newspaper reports that Scott resigned due to the “AIA’s severe mishandling of the situation” and “total lack of accountability”.

Read more at: American Institute of Architects Issue with President-elect Trump

AIA statement from Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy:

“The AIA and its 89,000 members are committed to working with President-elect Trump to address the issues our country faces, particularly strengthening the nation’s aging infrastructure. During the campaign, President-elect Trump called for committing at least $500 billion to infrastructure spending over five years. We stand ready to work with him and with the incoming 115th Congress to ensure that investments in schools, hospitals and other public infrastructure continue to be a major priority.”

“We also congratulate members of the new 115th Congress on their election. We urge both the incoming Trump Administration and the new Congress to work toward enhancing the design and construction sector’s role as a major catalyst for job creation throughout the American economy.”

“This has been a hard-fought, contentious election process. It is now time for all of us to work together to advance policies that help our country move forward.”

6 Mar 2016

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AIA Public Awareness Campaign

Washington, D.C. – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently launched a national advertising push that will run on cable news outlets for sixteen weeks during the political primary coverage. The commercial will air in primetime during coverage of key primaries on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. In March there will also be spots running on Hulu programming until the end of May.

The theme is a continuation of the “Look Up” campaign that aims to make the connection between the partnerships that architects have with their clients. The intent of the commercial is to showcase the correlation between design and how people interact with the spaces around them. You can watch the commercial here: http://ilookup.org

“Architecture has the power to change people’s lives for the better. This advertisement celebrates specific ways that new homes and schools, a homeless shelter, and a preserved concert hall benefit when architects are involved,” said AIA Executive Vice President / CEO, Robert Ivy, FAIA.

AIA President, Russ Davidson, FAIA, added, “Throughout this campaign we are trying to illustrate how architects partner with home and building owners alike to make their ideas and vision a reality, and to generate greater awareness for the impact that architects have on spaces that are used on an everyday basis.”

AIA staff and volunteer leadership worked in conjunction with The Purpose Institute, LOS YORK, CSpence Group and GSD&M for the creative elements of the commercial and the orchestration of the overall public awareness campaign. The campaign itself is also supported on social media with the hashtag, “#ilookup.”

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) “Look Up” campaign began on February 29th, 2016.

About The American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

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