29 April 2009

Architects - The New 9/11 'Trufers'

There are days I wonder about my profession, and more particularly, about my professional organization - the American Institute of Architects (AIA). While I belong to the AIA, I do so grudgingly - my partner likes us to have the "AIA" after our names for marketing reasons, and it gives us a discount on the standardized forms and specifications. But I'm not so sure it's worth it anymore after getting this email yesterday:
Come Visit AE911Truth's Booth at the AIA National Convention in San Francisco
Thursday/Friday/Saturday, April 30–May 2, 2009

Dear Fellow Architect,

The National AIA has approved the participation of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth at the AIA Convention in San Francisco, April 30 through May 2. We invite you to please come and visit us at booth #2609. We will be displaying and discussing key information regarding the collapses of the 3 World Trade Center high-rise buildings on 9/11/01. Over 640 architects and engineers are calling for a new investigation.
Yes, that's right, dear readers, the American Institute of Architects is giving floor-space to a bunch of 9/11 conspiracy types so they can preach the nutty theory that the World Trade Center was... blown up... by... somebody.

What's next? An Architects for Creationism booth? Or, Architects and Engineers Abducted by Aliens professional development seminars? How about offering continuing education credits for watching 'X-Files' reruns??

To say this insults my intelligence is beyond understatement, and by giving this kind of twaddle a legitimizing venue, the AIA proves once again how irrelevant it has become to the actual practice of architecture.

SNARKY AFTERTHOUGHT UPDATE: If 9/11 really was an inside job, why aren't interior designers all up in arms...?


Crackerjack said...

I thought we were past all of that. Next thing you know, ASCE will join the bandwagon...no, they'd never do that!

Crackerjack said...

They're too busy with the levees in NOLA!