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      Architects Renew Agreement with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

      Agreement Promotes Sustainability in Army Designs

      Contact: John Schneidawind

      For immediate release:
      Washington, D.C. – May 14, 2012 –
      The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced it had renewed a partnership forged almost 20 years ago with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). USACE is responsible for the Army’s military construction program valued at $44.6 billion between 2006 and 2013, which is the largest military construction program since World War II.

      The wide-ranging agreement, which was first signed in 1994, calls for both the AIA and USACE to promote their respective mutual interests in providing safe, effective and efficient architectural services and commits both organizations to a series of goals, including:

      • Promoting excellence in the design and construction of the country’s public and civic buildings, facilities and spaces;
      • Promoting excellence in the Corps design practices
      • Expanding cultural diversity within the architectural profession to ensure the inclusion of a multitude of perspectives and voices in the design and construction processes;
      • Advance partnering initiatives with the design and construction industry to improve the delivery of service to clients and the general public.

      “Like the Corps, architects have embraced the challenges and opportunities of design that advances sustainability,” said AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA. “In pursuing a course of action that makes the best use of precious human and natural resources, we have much to learn from one another to advance the vision of our nation’s Founders.

      “We look forward to continuing that learning process in the years ahead and to making sure architects are first and foremost in the thinking of USACE whenever design challenges present themselves,” Potter said.

      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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