Voting at Wednesday night’s Annual Business Meeting of the AIA stretched more than an hour past the scheduled close as delegates heard a variety of proposals, including several focused on equity.
Among the resolutions from the floor was a proposal (Resolution 18-16), put forth by Frances Halsband, FAIA, to update the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, that has been gaining support throughout the industry this past month. The resolution had surpassed the needed 50 signatures to be heard from the floor by more than ten times over. And it passed with an overwhelming majority—4,272 votes in favor compared to 13 votes against (with 136 abstentions.) Given the way the votes are split between the delegates, Halsband estimates that it could have been as few as one person who voted against the move. Maybe they pushed the wrong button, she jokes.
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