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TUCSON — The largest organization of architects in the United States has officially declared its opposition to President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
All chapters of the American Institute of Architects in the Southwest have in recent months passed resolutions calling on the Trump administration to spend the $25 billion it’s seeking for a border wall on infrastructure and community projects instead.
“We should try to compare the cost benefit of a lot of how this money could be used, and what’s the best use for this country,” said Robert Miller, president of the Arizona division of the AIA.
The resolution is not binding on the organizations’ members, nor does it instruct members to not work on border wall-related projects.
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“We tried to limit our case to areas where we have expertise and which we’re charged by our code of ethics to take a stand. Given what we know about the proposal … there could be some very serious environmental consequences from this,” said Miller, an architecture professor at the University of Arizona. It “seemed like we should really advocate for other kinds of investment in the build environment that would do more to promote a good civic realm and a better society.”
Last week the White House issued a framework for negotiations over border-security funding, calling for Congress to set aside $25 billion for construction of a wall in exchange for immigration-reform measures.
Groups in other border states follow suit
Miller came up with the idea to officially oppose the border wall last summer while talking to a colleague from New Mexico. He drafted the resolution and presented it to other members in the Southern Arizona Chapter of the AIA.
Former Arizona AIA President Teresa Rosano, a Tucson native, said for many members who live near the border, the issue is personal.
“I grew up in the desert, playing in the desert. I grew up in an adobe house that my father built,” she said. “I have huge respect and affinity for the desert … and in part this is why this issue hits close to home because I would understand the damage that this would incur with this idea of a continuous wall.”
The AIA Texas Society of Architects followed Arizona’s lead, and then the state divisions in New Mexico and California did so.
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Britt Lindberg presides over the AIA California Council, which represents over 11,000 registered architects in the state. She said despite the issue being contentious and having a membership with diverse views, they haven’t received negative feedback.
“We’ve heard opinions and input from both sides and we do remain nonpolitical in our position,” she said. “It’s really asking political leaders who make the decision to ensure that they are considering all impacts.”
AIA New Mexico President Steven Alano said they were eager to get involved and to push for other solutions.
“We look to our neighboring states like Texas that recently were impacted by hurricanes, that actually have probably a larger need than we do,” he said. “So I think that’s kind of what drove us in thinking about that, is those documented and underfunded infrastructure projects.”
The author of the resolution and the group’s state leaders said they’re not expecting immediate action as a result of the resolutions.
“The goal from the AIA California perspective is to make sure that the resolution to this issue brings into consideration many different factors in relation to environmental impact and social and cultural values that are important to the nation,” Lindberg said.
The AIA in Arizona is taking a more proactive stance. In addition to lobbying at the state Legislature, the group is creating an advocacy branch to wade into community development issues.
After passing the resolution, Miller said, they visited all nine U.S. House members from the state to discuss their stance on the issue.
“I’m under no illusion that the number of people I represent in Arizona are going to have a big impact on the legislators from Arizona,” he said. “But for those who need backup and support for maybe going against their party, or for standing out against this, we wanted them to have our support.”
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