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What is the AIA anyway?
by Katy Purviance on 02/06/11 @ 05:22:48 pm
Categories: Architects | 396 words | 4058 views

I just read this on Albert Bendersky blog and I had to share it with you…

Have you seen “AIA” or any other abbreviation on my blog? In my 40 or so posts I’ve never put a particular organization as a central topic. Never. Please if you criticize me – be precise & objective. I don’t care about AIA, OAA, RIBA or any other specific structures. I’m above it. Architecture is above it. These organizations might be helpful for the profession at the very beginning (100 years ago) & destructive for the profession at the end (which is now)… but it doesn’t matter. They will die, yet architecture will stay. I discuss philosophical & intellectual issues here, not administrative problems of some temporary bodies. I think in different categories: chaos, anarchy, freedom, hate, love. Not a “short-term profit making” or “structural reforms” in some idiotic institutions. I am talking abstract not specifics. And that’s the purpose of my blog.

Of course I support my vision & my ideas with authentic samples, real names, true events. I don’t live on Mars. But I don’t care about architects’ institutional status or ridiculous abbreviations.

Here’s an example. To me “A State” (or “A Government” if you wish) is the highest Evil. Yet I realize that we cannot exist without a mechanism of State. (People are not ready for that.) It means that even though I comply with all the laws, pay taxes, behave as an exemplary citizen – I will never be a part of the political system and I will never run for any governmental office. It goes against my principles. I am ready to work for the governmental organizations as a private entity, I will gladly design a school, a community center, a governmental office building, but I’ll do it as a professional who serves the client – not as part of the state department. I hope you understand me & if you read my blog try to relate to its content more philosophically.

Forget about the American Institute of Architects, Royal Institute of British Architects or any other association with the loud name. It’s all temporary, relative, passing. While Life is infinite. And when we all have our heart attack HE won’t ask us about the membership fees or the abbreviations behind our names. Don’t you think so?


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