Russell Davidson Elected 2016 AIA President

The American Institute of Architects' (AIA) convention delegates elected Russell A. Davidson, FAIA, to serve as the 2015 AIA first vice president/president-elect and 2016 AIA president.

Davidson, who practices with KG&D Architects in Mount Kisco, New York, joined the AIA national board in 2009 and was vice president from 2012 to 2013. He is a former president of his local chapter, AIA Westchester Hudson Valley, and served as president of AIA New York State in 2007.

"With a renewed focus and prioritization of the many programs now in place, the AIA can and should be more relevant to practitioners and the public," Davidson said in a statement. "Many of our practitioners and firms, including my own, are fighting real battles every day to maintain and build value in the services we deliver, and to convince our clients to invest in quality design. The AIA can and should improve the perceived value of our profession, which will yield positive results for all architects."

In addition to Davidson, delegates elected William J. Bates, AIA, and Francis M. Pitts, FAIA, as vice president from 2015 through 2016, as well as John A. Padilla, AIA, as secretary for the same time period.