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AIA opposes House bill cutting Eisenhower Memorial funding

Bill would also mandate an alternative to Frank Gehry's design.

March 15, 2013 |
Frank Gehry's model for the Eisenhower Memorial.


The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement in opposition to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Completion Act, introduced Wednesday by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah). Among other things, the legislation would mandate an alternative to architect Frank Gehry's design for the Eisenhower Memorial and would eliminate further federal funding for the project.

AIA Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, said: “Representative Bishop’s legislation allows Congress to exercise governmental authority in a wholly arbitrary manner that negates the stated selection process. It is nothing more than an effort to intimidate the innovative thinking for which our profession is recognized at home and around the globe. We intend to vigorously oppose it.

“The AIA doesn’t offer any assessment on whether the Eisenhower Memorial Design is good or bad. The Congressman says the intent of his bill is to seek consensus around a design for the memorial.  We wonder how his bill can achieve that stated consensus when it specifically bans the current design proposal.”

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