Last week, following the election of Donald J. Trump, the AIA’s CEO, Robert Ivy, issued a statement in support of the President-Elect. The statement quickly provoked controversy, with many AIA members rejecting the sentiment and some even leaving the organization. We collected statements, responses, and tweets from architects here.
Later, Mr. Ivy released a response to criticism voiced by Architect Newspaper’s editorial team. Many found the statement equivocal, and not an adequate denouncement of the vitriolic, racist, and sexist rhetoric of the President-Elect.
Yesterday, Mr. Ivy, alongside the 2016 AIA President Russell Davidson, released a video apologizing for the earlier statement. In it, the two leaders of the organization take responsibility for the statement and the uproar it caused.
“Our world changed last Tuesday,” states Mr. Ivy. “Many of us, including me, were shocked and stunned and we’re still grappling with our feelings about what this election means for our country.
Unfortunately, the statement I issued shortly after the results came in was tone deaf and it resulted in heart and anger by too many people. It did not reflect our larger values. I sincerely apologize for that and I hope we can work together as a community to move forward.”
Watch the video in full here: