The American Institute of Architects (AIA) will host a special edition of #AIAchat on April 15th during National Architecture Week, between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. The VIP host for our #archweek15 chat is Stephen T. 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. Learn more about the National Architecture Week Twitter chat here: http://ilookup.org/national-architecture-week-twitter-chat/

About Stephen Ayers:
Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, Eleventh Architect of the Capitol, was nominated 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. The Architect of the Capitol has approximately 2,300 employees and an annual budget of nearly $600 million.

Mr. Ayers is also 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.

About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.