WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The American Institue of Architects South Atlantic is moving their conference from Wilmington in response to House Bill 2.
In a statement released today, the AIA said, “We support the full integration of rights for the LGBT community into our non-discrimination laws at all levels of government and recognize the right of any individual to self identify their own gender with the belief that everyone has the right to live, work and play in a built environment that is safe and secure, which includes public our restrooms.”
The statement also called for the repeal of House Bill 2 when the General Assembly convenes this week. They added without changes to the bill, the AIA South Atlantic Region will have to move their September conference in Wilmington to another location outside of the state.
Furthermore they say they are, “committed to designing solutions and working through legislative processes and Building Code adoption to ensure we can provide true equal access to public restroom facilities for all. And it is also our commitment to press for open discussion, which includes addressing the needs of everyone as we make our laws.”
David Crawford, Executive Vice President of AIA North Carolina, says the conference typically draws in between 1,000 and 1,200 people including architects, exhibitors, and speakers from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
The AIA South Atlantic is a region of the American Institute of Architects representing 5,100 architects in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.