Architect director, Gregory Fonseca has been selected as the 2023 president elect for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) UK. For the 2022 financial year, Gregory will serve as vice president for the institute and will work to facilitate interaction and communication between members, other professionals and industry leaders; and lead the adoption of progressive initiatives that address the urgent challenge of climate change.
As part of his role, he will also host virtual and live building tours for the AIA, including a virtual building tour of Mole Architect’s Freeholders in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk on 11th March 2022. He will also manage and host the AIA UK's Excellence in Design Awards, which will be held at the Barbican on 12 May 2022.
Gregory said of his appointment: “I am very excited to take on the role of president of the AIA UK in 2023, I will be dedicated not only to promoting the objectives of the AIA UK’s mission statement my main goal will be to encourage and facilitate exemplary design solutions through a ‘sustainability in architecture’ agenda. In my view, the foundations of sustainable architecture include three diverse approaches: “economy”, “society” and “environment” and architects must play a key role in the reshaping of the built environment with innovative, effective and inclusive solutions in an effort to achieve net zero carbon. My ambition is to advocate for the profession; a sustainably minded one.”
The AIA UK’s mission statement is to serve members and the architectural community of the UK by providing relevant and innovative educational opportunities, promoting ethical and inclusive practices in the architectural industry and promoting good design in all aspects of the built environment.