A letter to our Columbus Community in Advance of Inauguration

AIA Columbus Members and Supporters,

I write to you today to address a challenge that is gripping our nation and our city. Following the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, further armed protests are planned at all state capitols, including calls for storming these seats of power. We support the right to free expression and encourage civil discourse, but do not condone acts of violence, vandalism, or looting.

Members may be interested in the statement by AIA National, and I have included one relevant excerpt:

“It is also fitting that we will witness the transition of power that symbolizes the collective responsibility of “we the people” to work together toward a future that is fairer, healthier, and more sustainable for everyone, everywhere.”

As Citizen Architects, the places we make have meaning, and the voices of our profession have an impact on society. It is clear these divisions will not be reconciled overnight, but architects do have the power to forge positive change and bring people together. We can listen, advise, and advocate with our colleagues, clients, communities, and contacts in government. As we continue to work toward a more equitable and resilient environment, our role has never been more crucial.

Our Chapter’s mission is to provide advocacy, leadership, and resources to architects, so you can design a better world. We are working on your behalf to optimize our collective positive impact as architects. If you have questions or comments please contact me at adaskalov@fmsarchitects.com or our Executive Director, Elizabeth Krile at ekrile@aiacolumbus.org.

Sincerely,

Aleks Daskalov, AIA
2021 AIA Columbus President

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