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Politics and Architecture: Supporting Our Values and Our Profession (1 LU)
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Politics and Architecture: Supporting Our Values and Our Profession (1 LU)

When: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Where: Charles M. Salter Associates
130 Sutter Street
6th Floor
San Francisco, California  94104
United States

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‘Architecture is a political act, by nature. It has to do with the relationships between people and how they decide to change their conditions of living’ – Lebbeus Woods


Welcome to 2017! We are entering a new, seemingly unfamiliar political landscape and AIASF COTE wants to start a dialogue within the industry about the ideas and future we want to advocate for as a profession.  How do we start defining (and implementing?) a strategy to build a positive approach which underpins and expands the web of actions and legislation that support our professional (and personal) values? The primary objective would be to make the local approach and efforts part of the social and cultural fabric. And we want to make that fabric sufficiently robust to survive challenges from those who want to dismantle the last several decades of progress accomplished in environmental and social justice issues.

To kick off an enthusiastic dialogue, Mark Christian, Hon. AIACC, the Director of Legislative Affairs for the AIA California Council, will discuss how AIACC advocacy works at the State level and how individuals might get involved to advocate for issues of professional (and personal?) concern. Bring your ideas and your passions for an evening of civil discourse on politics and the impact of legislation on our lives.

This program is co-sponsored by the Public Policy + Advocacy Committee.


Learning Objectives: 

  1. How AIACC advocacy works at the State level.
  2. How do we create and foster civil/respectful discourse and reduce or eliminate the polarization in our society.
  3. What tools do we each have available to us to influence action?
  4. How to ask questions and suggest ideas to have the most potential impact in Sacramento.
  5. How can we leverage the respect of our profession in society to realize the change we strive for?
  6. What is AIACC’s strategy going forward?


About the Presenter

Mark Christian, Hon. AIACC, is the Director of Legislative Affairs for the AIA California Council, a position he has held since 1999. In this position, Mark is responsible for monitoring the CA State Legislature, identifying bills of interest to the profession, developing and implementing strategies for the positive outcome of legislation of interest to the profession, and representing the profession before the legislature. Prior to joining the AIACC, Mark work for the State Assembly for nine years in several capacities, including as a policy consultant on several environmental laws.