AIA New Jersey Supports Freedom of Design When Designing Federal Buildings

February 26, 2021

AIA New Jersey Supports Freedom of Design When Designing Federal Buildings

The current administration has officially overturned the previous federal Executive Order on Design (Executive Order 13967 of December 18, 2020 (Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture). Please read the announcement HERE.  

New Jersey’s architectural community commends President Biden on his decision to reverse the previous administration’s policy regarding standards of beauty for federal architecture. The American Institute of Architects, New Jersey Chapter, (AIA NJ) is a nonpartisan organization and architecture should also be nonpartisan. While all of our professionals have a deep and abiding respect for the iconic neo-classical buildings and monuments that celebrate our country’s achievements in the government of, by, and for the people, the history of federal architecture is one that reflects our growth and evolution as a nation, and its commitment to the pursuit of both science and art, allowing for new federal architecture to reflect the context, history, and style that is appropriate to the use and location.

 

Sincerely, 

Joshua Zinder, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB 
2021 AIA-NJ President


Joshua Zinder, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, is managing partner of design firm JZA+D in Princeton and 2021 AIA-New Jersey president. Architects are creative professionals, educated, trained, and experienced in the art and science of building design, and licensed to practice architecture. Their designs respond to client needs, wants and vision, protect public safety, provide economic value, are innovative, inspire and contribute positively to the community and the environment. Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through a dynamic network of more than 250 chapters and more than 95,000 member architects and design professionals, 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. The organization’s local chapter, AIA New Jersey, has served as the voice of the architectural profession in the Garden State since 1900. Based in Trenton, AIA New Jersey has over 2,000 members across six sections. For more information, please visit http://www.aia-nj.org

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