FAU AIAS and faculty attend Florida Legislative Day in Tallahassee

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) President Kimberly Jaar and Assistant Professor Jeffrey Huber, current president of the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the AIA, attended Florida Legislative Day, in January. On Legislative Day architects and architecture students from around the state descend on Tallahassee to meet with state legislators and advocate for issues relevant to the profession of architecture. This critical role of the AIA ensures that the voices of architects and allied professionals are heard in the development of legislation that will affect the building professions. Jaar, who had never dealt with the political side of architecture before, commented that, “it was quite an experience; I didn’t know what to expect.” Participating in Legislative Day made Jaar aware of the importance of politics to the architecture profession. She added, “I would highly recommend others attend the event in the future,” so that Florida Atlantic University and Fort Lauderdale are represented. Moreover, she observed, it’s a great opportunity to network and meet other AIAS members and architects from around Florida.