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As a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, AIA Queens includes Architect, Associate and Allied members. 

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Issued Monday, June 8, 2020:

 

AIA Queens Statement on Racial Injustice & Inequality

To our Chapter members, friends, sponsors and affiliates,
 
AIA Queens is comprised of one of the most diverse group of architects, associates, students and partners, privileged to serve the most diverse borough in the City of New York. Consequently, any adverse treatment of anyone due to the color of their skin, race, gender or creed is contrary to our core beliefs. We are united in our sorrow for the tragic loss of Mr. George Floyd. We honor all peaceful protests in reaction to this heinous tragedy, as we have all watched with sympathy, apprehension and concerns, all recent events unfolding on the streets of our City, State and Nation.
 
While architects may not design or think alike, there is a common belief within our profession about how we view the end-product on its value. We are united in our profession believing the built environment needs to serve the people, regardless of their sex, creed, theology or race. What we know is that our profession exists to uphold the health, safety and welfare of people through our work, and in whichever way we can improve on that, we must! Racial injustices and inequalities do not get fixed overnight, and committing to taking part of dialogue is always welcome.
 
Each member of our organization should and will determine for themselves how they will grieve the death of Mr. Floyd.  Each individual will determine how they can be a part of the re-building efforts as a community and a society where such deaths shall be prevented in the future. As the Queens Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, we will continue to be inclusive as an organization that listens first and embraces people who seek a world free of racial injustices and inequalities. We will serve the public as we have always done, without discrimination and without prejudice. 
 
With that in mind, we share this respectfully, in honor of those that have voiced their sentiments, those that have not been able to and most importantly in honor of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, who are only some of the most recent names in a long list of people from our Black communities, who did not deserve to be taken, much less heinously, from their loved ones.
 
May the words, “one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” prevail.
 
2020 Board Officers + Executive Director
The Queens Chapter of the American Institute of Architects 


A Message from our Chapter President

My dear colleagues,

The Coronavirus known as COVID-19 has reshaped everything from the way we lead our lives to the way we work. While there are estimates of when this issue will subside, we need to adapt to the situation that is now facing us. We are prevented from having a full staff, construction is at a standstill and processing the applications has a whole new meaning.

Our profession has always been one of adapting, whether it is technology, systems or methods. Today is no different. We are finding ways to communicate with our clients and the construction industry. We have the means to do so. For our members, who are having a tough time adjusting, I urge you to reach out to us. These times are the reason we are here for our membership. Do not hesitate, regardless of the issue. 

I hope that everyone, their family and staff be safe and healthy. I urge all of you to cooperate with the local, state and federal guidelines through these trying times. Let us continue to lead the construction industry by leading in adherence to the spirit and intent of the rules and policies currently in place. For industry-related updates/news on COVID-19, please visit the new tab we have added on our website CLICK HERE

Victor Han,

AIA Queens President, 2020

 


 

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