Architects Issue Statement on State of the Union Address

AIA Urges Retaining Government Incentives to Help Small Businesses Hire; Encourage Energy Efficiency              

Washington, D.C. – February 13, 2013 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement on President Obama’s State of the Union address last night. Please attribute to AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA:

“The AIA is encouraged that the president discussed cutting energy use and creating jobs in the process. In particular we are supportive of granting federal support to states that come up with the best ideas to lower energy bills by constructing more energy efficient buildings.

“This is an issue that architects have championed, and we are prepared to help states and anyone else answer that challenge.

“Meanwhile, we call on the President and Congress to retain incentives that allow small businesses to hire and which conserve energy in commercial and government buildings.

“Finally, we encourage both sides of the aisle to find an orderly way to cut inefficient government spending instead of relying on the chaotic cuts that budget sequestration will cause on March 1. Without changing that situation, those cuts will destroy jobs in the design and construction sector and help send the economy back into recession.”

About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well being. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit

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