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Biden Overturns Design Mandates

The federal design mandates were opposed by ASLA.

2021-03-08

Recently, President Biden revoked the Trump administration’s Executive Order 13967, which made classical architecture the preferred style in certain federal buildings.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) opposed the Executive Order mandating classical design in federal projects when it was first proposed in early 2020. Hundreds of ASLA members sent letters to the Trump administration, opposing the order and asking the president to reconsider. ASLA again opposed the order and urged its reversal when it was signed by President Trump in December 2020.

"ASLA has long stated that designers of civic spaces should not be mandated by federal law to follow any specific style. Our nation's federal buildings, parks, and monuments should reflect the needs and values of the communities they are built to serve," said Torey Carter-Conneen, CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects. "We thank the administration for embracing the values of diversity and inclusion by overturning this misguided dictate."

ASLA joined other organizations in the design industry, like the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) in opposing the design mandate.

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