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      Press Advisory: American Institute of Architects to Host May 4 Briefing on Secure and Sustainable U.S. Embassies

      Contact: John Schneidawind

      For immediate release:

      Washington, D.C. – May 2, 2011 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced that it is sponsoring a briefing for Congressional staff and press on how sustainable design practices and operations can effectively reduce the consumption of resources at U.S. Embassies and other diplomatic facilities, while enhancing security.

      As iconic symbols of American diplomacy, U.S. Embassies are subject to a range of security and terrorist threats. The ongoing threats to Americans who live and work in overseas diplomatic facilities drive the security, design, construction, and operations of these buildings. This briefing will explore sustainable building initiatives at U.S. Embassies and how sustainability and security result in design excellence.

      The briefing will be moderated by AIA Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA. It will include presentations from staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Office of Senator Dan Coats (R-Indiana); John Ruble, FAIA, Partner, Moore Ruble Yudell, FAIA (an architecture firm); and Lydia Muniz, Deputy Director, Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), U.S. Department of State.

      When: May 4, 2011; 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

      Where: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106

      Please R.S.V.P. no later than May 3 by e‐mailing, or by calling: 614‐270‐8739. Lunch will be provided

      About The American Institute of Architects
      For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit

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