February 8, 2008
  Make It Right Project Brings Affordable, Sustainable Design to New Orleans’ Ninth Ward
Brad Pitt—a name you don’t usually see in these pages—receives kudos here for the work he is doing to get the beleaguered residents of New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward back in safe, sustainable, and affordable homes. To make this triumvirate of design a reality, he has gathered some of the most highly regarded architects in the world to help the city and her residents recover from the still-evident devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Seven Outstanding Professionals Tapped for Hon. AIA
Please join us in welcoming seven very special people—an author, a congressman, two component directors, a code official, an engineer, and a patron of the arts—into the AIA family. Despite disparate roles, they all are people who, although not architects by profession, have offered distinguished service to the profession of architecture or the allied arts and sciences, and thus have made all of our lives richer. One of the most important messages we share is our gratitude toward those who support and uplift architects and architecture; in this spirit, the Institute is very pleased to bestow on these seven individuals the title of Honorary AIA.

New Version of the U.S. National CAD Standard® Now Available
AIA, CSI, and NIBS unveil Version 4.0

The AIA, Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), and National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) on January 24 unveiled the United States National CAD Standard® (NCS) Version 4.0, the first update to the standard since 2005. The latest edition, intended for owners, architects, engineers, contractors, facility managers, code officials, manufacturers, and suppliers, adds a number of improvements to Version 3.1.

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