ARCHITECT's Selin Ashaboglu reports that the recent sexual harassment allegations against architect Richard Meier, FAIA, have made it impossible for industry professionals to continue skirting around the issue of harassment within the architecture profession. After news broke of these disturbing claims, Carl Elefante, FAIA, 2018 President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) responded by saying, "We are deeply troubled by these allegations, and believe that sexual harassment—in any form and in any workplace—should not be tolerated and must be addressed swiftly and forcefully." The AIA released a follow up statement on March 22, addressing the Institute's code of ethics and steps it has taken to help ensure equity within the industry, including the formation of the AIA Diversity Council and Equity in Architecture Commission.
Now, the AIA has released another statement regarding the issue of sexual harassment in the architecture profession—this time outlining ways in which the organization will take action against such behavior.
Read the full statement at ARCHITECT.