The leaders of several prominent architecture, design, and construction organizations have released statements condemning the siege on the U.S. Capitol
By Matt Hickman
The leaders of several prominent architecture, design, and construction organizations have released statements unequivocally denouncing the violent January 6 melee in Washington, D.C. that, as of this writing, has claimed the lives of six people including Brian Sicknick, a member of the Capitol Police, and Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force Veteran and QAnon adherent who was shot by officers while attempting to breach the House Chamber.
The horrific events at the Capitol complex, an attempt to halt the certification of the 2020 Presidential Election won by Joe Biden and potentially harm or kill various politicians including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence, has drawn widespread denouncement from a wide swath of private industry and professional organizations.
In a joint statement, Robert Ivy, chief executive of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Peter Exley, the newly instated president of the AIA, referred to the riots at the Capitol as an “appalling act of entitlement and weakness” and noted that the “insurgents, their supports, and instigators do not understand what makes our country strong and enduring: respect for differences, reasoned discourse, and, above all, the belief that America’s best days are ahead.”
Continued the statement, which can be read in full here:
“But the United States Capitol is also a reminder of the nation’s original sins: The dislocation of native peoples and the enslavement of Africans. It sits on the ancestral land of the Nacotchtank, Piscataway and Pamunkey peoples. And the building was created with the extensive use of the labor and skill of enslaved Africans. That melding of noble aspirations and profound failings is foundational to the American experiment.
We are not a perfect union, yet we continue to strive to be the more perfect union envisioned 233 years ago. That relentless centuries-long pursuit is what inspires millions around the world and gives us hope.
In the spirit of hope, in a few days we will celebrate the life and exceptional contribution of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King dedicated his life to bending the historical arc of our nation closer toward universal justice.
It is also fitting that we will witness the transition of power that symbolizes the collective responsibility of “we the people” to work together toward a future that is fairer, healthier, and more sustainable for everyone, everywhere.
Both are well-timed reminders of what is best about our nation.
In the coming days, as we begin a new chapter in America’s history, we should all remember that what unites us – the belief that we are created equal and have a responsibility to leave our society better than we found it – is far more important and enduring than suspicion and division.
As architects, we are committed to those ideals.”
While the statement is a resolute one, some online commentators have pointed out the fact that the AIA, although overtly nonpartisan, does partake in political lobbying activities that financially benefit both Democrat and Republican candidates.
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