RISMEDIA, April 11, 2007-President Bush has proclaimed this week as the
nation's first National Architecture Week, according to the American
Institute of Architects (AIA), and congratulated the AIA on reaching its
150th anniversary this year.

In a statement, Bush said, "across our Nation, architects help design
buildings and communities that are a source of pride and inspiration for
all Americans." He added that, "This event is an opportunity to
celebrate the many accomplishments of the AIA and its members and to
recognize the ways in which architecture improves lives."

The AIA will lead the celebration from April 9-14, 2007. In conjunction
with the week's events, the America's Favorite Architecture exhibit will
open to reveal a visual showcase of the results of a poll in which the
public chose 150 of their favorite structures, which will travel around
the country later in the year.


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