An open letter to Donald Trump signed by over 250 architects


A letter written by the grassroots coalition Architects Advocate has been signed by 276 architecture and design firms and sent to President-elect Donald Trump. The letter focuses on three specific actions addressing climate change, a clean and competitive U.S. economy using renewable energy, and standing up against special interest money in politics.

“The President-elect has pledged to create jobs in urban and rural communities. We believe the best way to achieve this is to take decisive action on climate change by investing in a low-carbon US economy because it is a win-win for businesses, people, and the environment alike” said Tom Jacobs with Krueck+Sexton Architects, one of the letter signatories. “The consensus about needed action on climate change among design industry professionals is overwhelming, and the general public supports such actions with significant majorities across party lines as well. We are not being political by speaking out – we are acting in the best interest of every American, present and future, and are inviting the President-elect to join us moving forward.”

The letter is copied below:

President-elect Trump,

As American architects, we are dedicated to creating healthy, productive, and safe communities for all. We are committed to doing so in a way that is economically viable, socially equitable, and environmentally sustainable. In these communities, families and businesses thrive. Throughout our great history we have always depended on the natural environment. It has nurtured us and has enabled vast freedom, growth, innovation, and profit. Today we are already experiencing the potentially irreversible negative impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss. American prosperity is at risk. Our children and grandchildren face the real possibility of our country and world in turmoil. Because buildings alone account for almost 40% of total U.S. energy use and 72% percent of U.S. lectricity use, America’s architects are on the front line addressing climate change in a meaningful way. Action on climate change is supported across party lines by significant majorities of Americans, including the military and leaders of industry, faith, science, and education. By taking decisive action now we all can be remembered as historic and courageous actors who helped secure humanity’s future. We can turn our climate challenge into an unrivaled economic opportunity that creates desirable and healthy jobs in rural and urban communities alike. All Americans win if:

We invest in a clean and competitive U.S. economy that is powered by renewable energy through cost-effective and innovative solutions. This creates jobs and lowers the costs of living and doing business.
We stand up to the influence of special interest money in politics to create a truly level playing field. Subsidies for renewable energy technologies should be equal to the many hidden and costly subsidies that support fossil fuels and nuclear energy. Alternatively, all subsidies across all energy sources should be removed in their entirety.
We re-affirm America’s commitment to addressing climate change through the continued participation in the historic Paris Climate Agreement.
We invite you to join our commitment to developing healthy and prosperous communities, and to designing and building the great America that future generations deserve. Together, we can ensure our children and grandchildren will remember us with pride.

Signed,

229 Architecture Firms

24 Landscape Architecture Firms

21 Design + Consulting Industry Firms

2 Organizations

see following pages for all signatories

Architecture Firms:

agps architecture, Los Angeles CA

AIM Associates, Petaluma CA

Alchemy Architects, St. Paul MN

Alima Silverman Architect, Santa Rosa CA

AltusWorks, Chicago IL

Anderson Krygier, Inc., Portland OR

Angela Klein Architect, Alameda CA

Ankrom Moisan Architects, Portland OR

Anthony Belluschi FAIA Consulting Architect, Portland OR


Antunovich Associates, Chicago IL

Archimage Architects, Ltd., Chicago IL

archimania, Memphis TN

architect’s office, San Francisco CA

Architecture Is Fun, Inc., Chicago IL

architecture+, Troy NY

ARExA, New York NY

Bailey Edward Design, Inc., Chicago IL

Bassetti Architects, Seattle WA

Bauer Latoza Studio, Chicago IL

beta-field, Charlottesville VA

Bisbee Architecture + Design, Santa Rosa CA

bKL Architecture, Chicago IL

Blue Truck, Inc., San Francisco CA

BNIM, Des Moines IA

Booth Hansen, Chicago IL

Bora Architects, Portland OR

Boyer Architects LLC, Evanston IL

Brewer Studio Architects, Sebastopol CA

Brininstool + Lynch, Ltd., Chicago IL

Brooks + Scarpa, Los Angeles CA

Brubaker Design, Chicago IL

Brush Architects, LLC, Chicago IL

building Lab, Emeryville CA

Burhani Design Architects, Chicago IL

CAMESgibson, Chicago IL

Caples Jefferson Architects, Long Island City NY

Carlo Parente Architect, Chicago IL

CaVA Architects, LLP, Philadelphia PA

Charles Pipal, AIA, Riverside IL

Chen & Associates, A+E, Sebastopol CA

Chris Binger Architect, San Diego CA

Christoper Strom Architects, St Louis Park MN

Circle West Architects, Phoenix AZ

Circo Architects, Inc., Riverside IL

Constantine D. Vasilios & Associates Ltd, Chicago IL

Cook Architectural Design Studio, Chicago IL

Cordogan Clark & Associates, Chicago IL

Dan Miller Architects Ltd., Chicago IL

David Crabbe Architect, San Carlos CA

David Fleener Architects, Chicago IL

Deam + Dine, Sausalito CA

Deanna Berman Design Alternatives, Chicago IL

Deborah Berke Partners, New York NY

Design Smak, Evanston IL

Design Team, LLC, Highland Park IL

Design2 LAST, Inc., Edmonds WA

Dev Architects, Woodside CA

Dilworth Eliot Studio, San Francisco CA

Dirk Denison Architects, Chicago IL

DOES Architecture, San Francisco CA

Dragani Martone Studio, LLP, Philadelphia PA

DRIFT-Design, Oakland CA

DSGN Associates, Dallas TX

Duvivier Architects, Venice CA

Dwyer/Oglesbay, Minneapolis MN

Eastlake Studio, Chicago IL

Eckenhoff Saunders Architects, Chicago IL

Ellipsis Architecture, Chicago IL

emar Studio for Public Architecture, Culver City CA

Environ Architecture, Inc., Long Beach CA

Equinox Design, Sebastopol CA

EQUINOX Design and Development, Windsor CA

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, New Orleans LA

Farr Associates, Chicago IL

Feldman Architecture, San Francisco CA

Fiona E. O’Neill, Architect, The Sea Ranch CA

Fletcher Studio, San Francisco CA

Fougeron Architecture, San Francisco CA

Frank Zilm & Associates, Inc., Kansas City MO

GEMMILL DESIGN Architectural Studio, San Francisco CA

General Architecture Collaborative, Syracuse NY

Gerhard Zinserling Architects, Chicago IL

Gray Organschi Architecture, New Haven CT

Greater Good Studio, Chicago IL

Green Building Architects, Petaluma CA

Hacker Architects, Portland OR

Handel Architects LLP, New York NY

Harboe Architects, Chicago IL

Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, Chicago IL

Heidrun Hoppe Associates, Evanston IL

Heitzman Architects, Oak Park IL

Herman Coliver Locus Architecture, San Francisco CA

Holbert and Associates, Architects, Chicago IL

HouseHaus, Chicago IL

HPZS, Chicago IL

husARchitecture Inc., Chicago IL

Huth Architects, Newton MA

Ibañez Architecture, Fort Worth TX

Imai Keller Moore Architects, Watertown MA

INVISION planning | architecture | interiors, Waterloo IA

JAHN, LLC, Chicago IL

JAMTGÅRDESIGN, San Francisco CA

JDD-Architects, Chicago IL

JGMA, Chicago IL

Jones Design Studio, PLLC, Tulsa OK

jones | haydu, San Francisco CA

Jones Studio, Tempe AZ

Jurassic Studio, Chicago IL

Kaplan Architects, San Francisco CA

Katherine Austin, AIA, Architect, Bend OR

Kathleen Hallahan, Architect, San Diego CA

Kathryn Quinn Architects, Ltd., Chicago IL

Kipnis Architecture + Planning, Chicago IL

Klara Valent Interiors, Tucson AZ

Klopf Architecture, San Francisco CA

Klopfer Martin Design Group, Boston MA

Krueck+Sexton Architects, Chicago IL

Kuklinski+Rappe Architects, Chicago IL

Kupiec Architects PC, Santa Barbara CA

Kuth Ranieri Architects, San Francisco CA

lab practices, Syracuse NY

Lake|Flato Architects, San Antonio TX

Lance Jay Brown Architecture + Urban Design, New York NY

Landon Bone Baker Architects Ltd., Chicago IL

Latent Design, Chicago IL

Lawton Stanley Architects, Chicago IL

LEDDY MAYTUM STACY Architects, San Francisco CA

Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Boston MA

Legat Architects, Chicago IL

Liv Companies, Burr Ridge IL

Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, Los Angeles CA

Lucy C. Williams, Architect, St. Louis MO

Lundberg Design, San Francisco CA

Marble Fairbanks Architects, Brooklyn NY

Marilyn Standley, Architect, Sebastopol CA

Mark English Architects, San Francisco CA

Marlon Blackwell Architects, Fayetteville AR

MAS Studio, Chicago IL

Merryman Barnes Architects, Inc., Portland OR

Michael Hennessey Architecture, San Francisco CA

Mitchell Garman Architects, Dallas TX

Mithun, San Francisco CA

Morgante Wilson Architects, Evanston IL

Morse and Cleaver Architects, Sebastopol CA

moss, Chicago IL

MRSA Architects, Chicago IL

MSR Design, Minneapolis MN

MW Steele Group Inc., San Diego CA

MX3 ARCHITECTS, Chicago IL

NADAAA, Boston MA

NEEDBASED, Santa Fe NM

Nicholas Design Collaborative, Chicago IL

Norman Kelley, Chicago IL

Northlight Architects LLC, Chicago IL

Nushu, LLC, Chicago IL

OKW Architects, Inc., Chicago IL

Opsis Architecture, Portland OR

Page, Austin TX

Pappageorge Haymes Partners, Chicago IL

Patricia K. Emmons Architecture & Fine Art, Seattle WA

Paul Preissner Architects, Chicago IL

Paulett Taggart Architects, San Francisco CA

Payette, Boston MA

PLACE, Portland OR

Propel Studio, Portland OR

Public Design Architects, Oak Park IL

RATIO Architects, Indianapolis IN

(r)evolution architecture, LaGrange IL

Risinger + Associates, Inc., Chicago IL

River Architects, Cold Spring NY

RL Dooley Architect, PLLC, Bremerton WA

RNT Architects, San Diego CA

Rockford Architects Inc., Rockford IL

Rockwell Associates Architects, Evanston IL

Ross Barney Architects, Chicago IL

Rubiostudio, Chicago IL

Ruland Design Group, San Diego CA

Conger Architects, Chicago IL

Salus Architecture Inc., Seattle WA

Sam Marts Architects & Planners, Ltd., Chicago IL

Sanders Pace Architecture, Knoxville TN

Sarah Deeds Architect, Berkeley CA

Scott / Edwards Architecture, Portland OR

scrafano architects, Chicago IL

Searl Lamaster Howe Architects, Chicago IL

Serena Sturm Architects, Chicago IL

Shands Studio, San Anselmo CA

SHED Studio, Chicago IL

Siegel & Strain Architects, Emeryville CA

SKJN Architekten Corp., Chicago IL

Smith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects, LLP, New York NY

SMNG A Ltd., Chicago IL

Snøhetta, New York NY

Snow Kreilich Architects, Minneapolis MN

SPACE Architects + Planners, Chicago IL

SRG Partnership, Portland OR

Stefan Helgeson Associates, LLC, Edina MN

Stephen J. Wierzbowski, AIA, Chicago IL

STL Architects, Chicago IL

Strawn + Sierralta, Honolulu HI

Strening Architects, Santa Rosa CA

Studio Dwell Architects, Chicago IL

Studio KDA, Berkeley CA

studio M MERGE, Oakland CA

Studio Ma, Phoenix AZ

Studio Nigro Architecture + Design, Chicago IL

Studio VK, New York NY

Suski Design, Inc. Architects, Chicago IL

TannerHecht Architecture, San Francisco CA

TEF Design, San Francisco CA

Thomas Roszak Architecture, Chicago IL

Tilton, Kelly + Bell, LLC, Chicago IL

Troyer Group, Mishawaka IN

UrbanWorks, Ltd., Chicago IL

Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP, San Francisco CA

Vinci | Hamp Architects, Inc., Chicago IL

Vladimir Radutny Architects, Chicago IL

von Oeyen Architects, Los Angeles CA

von Weise Associates, Chicago IL

Walter Street ARCHITECTURE, Chicago IL

Whitney Inc., Oak Brook IL

Will Bruder Architects, Phoenix AZ

Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects P.C., Chicago IL

Wrap Architecture, Chicago IL

WRNS Studio, San Francisco CA

ZGF Architects LLP, Portland OR

2 Point Perspective: Architecture + Interiors, Chicago IL

2rz Architecture, Chicago IL

34-Ten, LLC, Chicago IL



Landscape Architecture Firms:

Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, San Francisco CA

Coen + Partners, Minneapolis MN

Fieldwork Design Group, Chicago IL

GLS Landscape/Architecture, San Francisco CA

Ground Inc. Landscape Architecture, Somerville MA

Hargreaves Associates, San Francisco CA

Hargreaves Jones, New York NY

Hinterlands Urbanism and Landscape, LLC, Chicago IL

Lenet, Crestani, Tallman Land Design, LLC, Chicago IL

LENS Landscape Architecture, LLC, Bend OR

Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture, Inc., Santa Monica CA

Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, New York NY

Mauro Crestani & Associates, Landscape Architects, Chicago IL

McKay Landscape Architects, Chicago IL

Mia Lehrer + Associates, Los Angeles CA

Prassas Landscape Studio LLC, Chicago IL

Reed Hilderbrand, Cambridge MA

Rinda West Landscape Designs, Chicago IL

site, Chicago IL

Terry Guen Design Associates, Chicago IL

The Organic Garden Coach, Downers Grove IL

Topiarius, Inc., Chicago IL

Ulrich Bachand Landscape Architecture, LLC, Dedham MA

Wenk Associates, Denver CO

Design + Consulting Industry Firms:

Atelier Ten, Environmental Design, New Haven CT

Corey Gaffer Photography, Minneapolis MN

Development Management Associates, LLC, Chicago IL

EHT Traceries, Inc., Washington DC

Green Dinosaur, Inc., Culver City CA

HJKessler Associates, Chicago IL

Interface, Atlanta GA

Jaros, Baum & Bolles Consulting Engineers, New York NY

jozeph forakis…design, Brooklyn NY

Lee Bey Architectural Photography, Chicago IL

Lightswitch Architectural, Chicago IL

Medical Facility Innovations Ltd., Leavenworth WA

New Voodou, Santa Fe NM

Paul Hydzik Photography, Chicago IL

Spirit of Space, Milwaukee WI

Talentstar, Inc., Petaluma CA

The Walker Group NW, Seattle WA

Thirst, Chicago IL

Threshold Acoustics LLC, Chicago IL

Tom Harris Architectural Photography, Chicago IL

visualizedconcepts inc., Chicago IL

Organizations:

Archeworks, Chicago IL

Architects Advocate for Action on Climate Change, Chicago IL