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Kenneth J. Filarski Named Co- Chair of AIA Disaster Assistance Committee

Kenneth J. Filarski FAIA, LEED FELLOW, LEED AP BD+C, SITES AP, AICP, CFM, SAP+AEER, NCARB  of FILARSKI/ARCHITECTURE+PLANNING+ RESEARCH has been selected as national Co-Chair of the American Institute of Architects Disaster Assistance Committee, together with his esteemed Co-Chair Meghan Walsh AIA, by AIA President Peter Exley FAIA and the AIA Board of Directors. Over the past year, in addition to deploying the AIA national state disaster responder network in one the most active years for disaster events, the AIA Disaster Assistance Committee recognized early on, and addressed, the COVID-19 pandemic and developed guidelines for assessing and safely re-occupying the range of building types and spaces used in our lives. As architects we will be growing our capacity to directly assist communities in their recovery and rebuilding after disaster events with resilient and sustainable collaborative design and planning.

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Jonathan Bell, AIA named 2021 Richard Morris Hunt Prize Recipient

The Architects Foundation and the Amis du Richard Morris Hunt Prize announce the 2021 recipients of the Richard Morris Hunt Prize, a travel fellowship to France for architects pursuing cutting-edge research on emerging trends in historic preservation.

Jonathan Bell, AIA, of Providence, R.I. is one of this year's winners.  He will receive a $20,000 travel fellowship to carry out research over six months on resources for stabilizing abandoned buildings, which are still outside of traditional heritage protections. "I am extremely honored to receive this award. My research will take me to regions of France that are in the process of reinventing themselves after industrial migration. The prize will enable me to engage with new adaptive reuse tools and thinking that I will bring back to practice and share here," said Mr. Bell.

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Providence Preservation Society presents: 2020 Providence Symposium, Whose Places Matter (And Why)?

November 12-21

What kind of future do we want for Providence? How do communities participate more fully in the conversations about the shape of our city and the places we celebrate? And what is the role of preservationists in helping to restore healthier, more equitable communities where everyone’s history matters?

This year’s Providence Symposium will explore the systems that have shaped our built environment and the communities that inhabit it. As we heed the calls for urgent institutional change, a field based on the power of preservation must consider how to tear down and build anew. PPS invites community conversation and visioning about which places matter and why. More information and to register.

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Volunteer at AIA: Get involved

Volunteering on a national committee may be just the experience for you. AIA offers various opportunities to grow your network, give back, share knowledge, and support your profession’s growth and development. National committees are a great way to stretch your leadership.

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Socially Distanced BEACH Cleanup

Sponsored by the Committee on the Environment (COTE) 

Socially Distanced BEACH Cleanup

With a few friends/family at your favorite RI Beach

 

Please submit photos to  by 9/15

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Restore RI Grants Available

Restore RI, a Program of Rhode Island Commerce, is targeted at small businesses that have been most severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide eligible businesses with grants of up to $15,000. Businesses with more than one employee (in addition to the owner) but not more than 20 are eligible for this program. Sole proprietors with at least one employee are also eligible to apply. Learn more

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AIA National Board statement on systemic racial injustice

On 6/4 the AIA National Board of Directors released the following statement on systemic racial injustice. 

"America’s list of racially motivated murders demand action. Eric Garner. Sandra Bland. Michael Brown. Shantel Davis. Atatiana Jefferson. Laquan McDonald. Tony McDade. Pamela Turner. Korryn Gaines. Trayvon Martin. Tamir Rice. Walter Scott. Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. All murdered, because they happened to be black in the United States of America. There are others, and, sadly, we know there will be more. No words can adequately express the depth of anger, frustration, and national shame for their loss or the more than 1,250 black lives ended by police since January 1, 2015, according to The Washington Post’s database that tracks police shootings.

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