After a year has passed without a permanent replacement being named for the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) position, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is stepping up its lobbying efforts to have the slot filled.
Former AOC Alan M. Hantman retired in February 2007 after serving for 10 years. As required by law, Congress recommended three candidates to President Bush last summer. One, a controversial non-architect, has reportedly dropped out. Last week, Christine McEntee, the AIA’s chief executive officer, wrote to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi urging that she “take the next step by ensuring the prompt nomination and confirmation of a qualified candidate for this vital and prestigious position.”