March 14, 2017 / Member News

AIABaltimore Members Advocate for the Profession on Capitol Hill Visit Day

Hill visit group photo
Baltimore, MD (March, 14 2017) – On Wednesday, March 8, as part of AIA National Grassroots Conference, members of AIABaltimore took part in Capitol Hill visits. AIABaltimore’s delegation met with federal representatives to discuss issues significant to architects and the built environment. Many in our volunteer delegation were current and past participants of CivicLAB, AIABaltimore’s annual leadership and advocacy training program.
Discussions took place at offices of:
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) to discuss a number of topics from the AIA National legislative agenda ,in particular Issue Brief on a comprehensive pro-growth tax code.
Representative Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) to discuss investing in infrastructure.
Representative John Sarbanes (D-MD) to discuss AIA support for the Federal sustainability goals relating to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and the 2030 initiative.
Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) the team discussed the importance of investing in our nation’s infrastructure, and to ensure that  “vertical infrastructure” alongside the typical provisions made for road and bridges.
Thank you to our advocacy delegation!
AIABaltimore President and Board Members
President – Sharon Day, AIA
Board Members – Martina Reilly, AIA; Scott Walters, AIA
2017 CivicLAB participants
Shreya  Agarwal, Assoc. AIA
Ursula Fernandez del Castillo
Avery  Harmon
Paul Lancaster, Assoc. AIA
Adam Read, Assoc. AIA
Kalgi Vadher
Zevi Thomas, Assoc. AIA. (AIABaltimore Staff)
AIABaltimore architect advocates
Lisa Ferretto, AIA
Katherine Lepage, AIA
David Lever
Laura Meador, Assoc. AIA