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In Honor of Earth Day 2017: Architects Advocate

Architecture and design professionals join the movement to advocate for climate change legislation.

By Peter Exley, FAIA, and Sharon Exley, MAAE, ASID   •  April 18, 2017 1:34 pm EDT

Tags: architecture, business, community connection, creation care, environmental sustainability,

All architects and designers work to educate our clients about forward-thinking design and how investing in sustainability has long-term positive effects in creating healthier communities. Being on the front line addressing and problem-solving these types of issues led to a grass roots public outreach initiative Architects Advocate.

Organized in Chicago, the movement selected action on climate change for initial advocacy efforts, allowing architects and members of the design community to give voice to what many feel is the defining issue and responsibility of our time. Healthy environments are a civil right. Architects Advocate reinforces our shared commitment to designing prosperous and verdant communities, and securing the future for coming generations through meaningful legislation and responsible architecture and design.

Over the past few short months, America’s leading architects have joined, including Brooks + Scarpa in Los Angeles, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, Weiss/Manfredi and Smith-Miller Hawkinson in New York, Nadaaa in Boston, and Lake Flato in San Antonio. Initiative organizers are hoping the campaign grows nationwide similar to how quickly it percolated in Chicago, where over 100+ firms are now supporters. Short-term goals are to keep growing the movement and to begin to make our voices heard by the general public – and by those entrusted to legislate and govern. Supporters share their knowledge and stories on social, print and mass media, like we are doing right now. Long-term goals include expanding to include other professional groups, to enact meaningful legislation and to share sustainable knowledge and experience.

On behalf of Architecture is Fun, we offer a call to action: Advocate for change. Let’s create places, spaces, cities and communities to be healthy and livable – for today and tomorrow.

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