The American Institute of Architects’ annual architecture conference has been postponed following US outbreaks of the coronavirus.
The 2020 Conference of Architecture was set to take place in Los Angeles from 14 to 16 May but is now postponed until further notice.
AIA president Jane Frederick said the decision followed close monitoring of COVID-19 coronavirus outbreaks in the US and advice from officials on how to contain the spread.
“AIA has been closely monitoring directives from city, county, and state officials, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization throughout this crisis,” said Frederick.
AIA postpones conference to “minimise risk”
“The health and safety of our members, colleagues, exhibitors and speakers is paramount and we feel compelled to postpone the annual conference to minimise the risk to our valued participants and partners,” she added.
“By making this decision in advance, we also hope to minimise any stress or inconvenience for our participants and partners.”
The 2020 Conference of Architecture was due to take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Just last month, the AIA announced that designer Virgil Abloh would be the keynote speaker.
The organisation is now exploring ways to reschedule the event and will provide refunds to current registrants.
The event’s postponement comes as the US continues to tighten measures in a bid to contain coronavirus outbreaks.
US schools, galleries and eateries are closed
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