On April 8, 2022, Principal Gia Mainiero spoke at AIA’s Public Architects Symposium, Climate of Public Architecture. Held at AIA Headquarters in Washington, DC, the symposium brought together practitioners and AEC industry professionals to discuss the critical issues facing the profession and built environment.
The Public Architect has long served as a frontline mediator of the vision, scope, impact, and long-term viability of our essential community architecture. As the public discourse on infrastructure broadens to include the full spectrum of social services, we are at a key moment to examine the integration of essential architecture into communities, both for programs viewed as desirable and those met with resistance. The Public Architect must balance a multi-disciplinary process that is responsive to community context and demographics, but also to publicly funded capital and operating budgets.
Gia discussed how legislation, processes, and procurement strategies are upping the bar for public architecture in New York City, positioning public buildings at the forefront of sustainable and resilient design.