Wednesday, April 15th
2:00pm – 3:00pmEDT
Host: Stephen Ayers, FAIA, Architect of the Capitol
On Wednesday, April 15th, @AIANational will host a special edition #AIAchat. Usually the first Wednesday of the month at 2pm, this chat will take place April 15th during National Architecture Week. The VIP host for our #archweek15 chat is Stephen Ayers, FAIA, the official Architect of the Capitol, who will take over the @uscapitol Twitter account for the hour.
Continuing from the April #AIAchat on architecture’s ability to reinvent an industry and community*, and National Architecture Week’s theme of reinvention, this chat will focus on historic preservation and an architect’s ability to reinvent architecture itself. Mr. Ayers will discuss the current restoration on the Capitol dome and his role in maintaining the beauty and structure of our nation’s capital.
(*April #AIAchat host Reese Rowland discussed his Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library in Little Rock Arkansas, a 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Award Recipient, which includes a learning garden, cooking classes, arboretum and multimedia center. The library itself has transformed a community from a center of gang violence to a an education hub.)
Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, Eleventh Architect of the CapitolNominated by President Barack Obama, February 24, 2010; Confirmed by Senate, May 12, 2010.On February 24, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Ayers to serve as the 11th Architect of the Capitol. On May 12, 2010, the United States Senate, by unanimous consent, confirmed Mr. Ayers, and on May 13, 2010, the President officially appointed Mr. Ayers to a 10-year term as Architect of the Capitol.Mr. Ayers is responsible for the facilities maintenance and operation of the historic U.S. Capitol Building, the care and improvement of more than 553 acres of grounds and the operation and maintenance of 17.4 million square feet of buildings including: the House and Senate Congressional Office Buildings, the Capitol Visitor Center, the Library of Congress Buildings, the U.S. Supreme Court Building, the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building and other facilities. He is responsible for the care of all works of art in the Capitol under the direction of the Joint Committee on the Library and is responsible for the maintenance and restoration of murals, outdoor sculpture and other architectural elements throughout the Capitol complex. He also serves as Acting Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden and the National Garden.The Architect of the Capitol is a member of the Capitol Police Board and the Congressional Accessibility Services Board, as well as an ex officio member of the United States Capitol Preservation Commission. Additionally, the Architect of the Capitol is a member of the District of Columbia Zoning Commission, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, National Capital Memorial Commission, Art Advisory Committee to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the National Institute for Conservation of Cultural Property.Under Mr. Ayers’ leadership, the AOC has, through a variety of initiatives, reduced carbon emissions, improved energy efficiency and implemented sustainable design practices throughout the Capitol complex. Mr. Ayers is also committed to supporting small businesses to help facilitate competition and support local communities, and has implemented several programs to actively award contracts to companies that reflect the diversity of our country. The Architect of the Capitol has approximately 2,300 employees and an annual budget of nearly $600 million.