Thomas Vonier, FAIA, 2017 AIA President

Photography: Carl BowerThomas Vonier, FAIA, 2017 AIA President

Envisioning what could happen, and then designing for it—that’s the essence of what architects do: We anticipate needs, changes, and challenges—and we plan for them.

Today, is there any pressing need, any change or challenge facing the world, that does not implicate architecture directly?

Climate: Buildings are essential in our efforts to counter global warming and cope with extreme weather. Architects were deeply involved in shaping COP21 and COP22, and we remain firmly committed to the aims of both agreements.