Security by Design; An Architect's View on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

August 17, 2011

AIA President, Clark Manus, FAIA issued the following Op-Ed article discussing the inter-relatedness of security and design. This is a particularly relevant discussion as the 10-year milestone of the tragic events of 9/11 approaches. And, while we have learned much in the intervening years, as Mr. Manus points out:

“Security became a design issue for architecture and architects when the first humans moved out of caves. It’s no less a concern in an age of international terrorism.” And, that “to be alive is to be at risk; to live freely carries the greatest risk of all. Our role as architects is to secure the open space in which a democratic people can continue to risk without fear the bold adventure that is democracy, and to live the values of openness and freedom of movement that have made our nation great.”

As always, we urge our members to share their personal opinion on this matter, or to share Clark’s letter with others. In either way we help to inform the public with a knowledge of architects and architecture.

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